29 days ago
Following two air crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX planes and a preliminary analysis indicating that there is a serious problem with the MCAS steering system, it is uncertain how long this type of plane will be grounded. What is certain, however, is that airlines are going to demand compensation.
Polish charter carrier "Enter Air” is already seeking compensation. Polish carrier LOT is joining the party, it has five such planes in its fleet.
According to LOT spokesman Adrian Kubicki the airline will “make claims arising out of losses, additional costs incurred and lost opportunities that have arisen as result of the grounding of the planes”.
LOT will make claims arising out of losses, additional costs incurred and lost opportunities that have arisen as result of the grounding of the planes
He admitted that the company was currently at the stage of preliminary legal analysis of the case as LOT has come into possession of the planes via operational leasing and has to wait for the detailed results of the investigation into the crash.
LOT has now chartered four Boeing 737 of an older type and is occasionally using a fifth plane from the “Enter Air” fleet. LOT has not given details of the costs of having to charter planes, but these are known to be considerable.
The Polish carrier had ordered 14 Boeing 737 MAX planes in total. One of them was due to arrive at the end of March. This now seems unlikely.