The reason is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the confidence to fly with this plane, he explained, adding that the airline is awaiting a response from the US aircraft manufacturers.
Garuda had already received one of the 737 MAX 8 planes, part of a 50-plane order in 2014. The airline is also talking to Boeing about whether or not to return the plane it has received.
The carrier had so far paid Boeing about $26 million, while its leader said that the airline would consider switching to a new version of the single-aisle jet.
This month, Indonesia’s Lion Air said was postponing taking delivery of four new Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model crashed minutes into a flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board.
That came after a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October, killing all 189 people on board.