China Aircraft Lease (CALC) recently announced that it has canceled its order for about 100 Boeing Co 737 MAX jets. It as well disclosed that it had not suspended payment for the same. The firm disproved an earlier report released by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper. The SCMP attributed its news to comments by Chen Shuang, Chairman, CALC. The Hong Kong-listed lessor proclaimed that Chen was miss-presented.
The newspaper from Hong Kong later this week updated its story to cite Mike Poon, Chief Executive, CALC, as saying the firm had not blocked payment. However, as deliveries were suspended, it did not require making any payment for the moment. A CALC spokeswoman told Reuters that the firm currently does not possess plans to change its Boeing aircraft orders and it has not shelved payment.
On a similar note, Fiji Airways came into the news as it disclosed that it has leased a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Miami Air. Reportedly, the firm has taken this decision to cover a few of its plans due to the provisional grounding of its two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The chartered Miami Air aircraft is supposed to operate a few flights for Fiji Airways between Nadi and Apia, Auckland, Brisbane, and Christchurch.
In a single cabin configuration, the aircraft holds about 166 Economy Class seats. The airline is supposed to work with its own pilots and cabin crew, with a Senior Flight Attendant from Fiji Airways onboard to supervise the cabin experience. The well-known airline decided to lease an aircraft for the future peak period to avoid any disturbances to guests’ travel schedules. While the airline knows that the aboard experience and facilities are supposed to differ from its normal offering, it will do everything possible to make sure that guests enjoy a comfortable experience.