Indonesia’s national airline Garuda Indonesia is moving to cancel an order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the deadly crashes involving two of the aircraft, a spokesman for the company said Friday.
The decision comes less than two weeks after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard. A flight of Lion Air, a low-cost Indonesian airline, crashed in October shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
Both crashes involved the 737 Max 8 model and have brought intense scrutiny to U.S.-based Boeing, which marketed the 737 Max 8 as a fuel-efficient jet of the future, as well as to the Federal Aviation Administration. Garuda Indonesia’s cancellation is believed to be the first scrapping of an order for the plane in reaction to the crashes.
Rescue helicopters have begen evacuating the 1,300 passangers and crew from a cruise ship which suffered engine failure in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway.
The maritime rescue service said the Viking Sky had been drifting towards land and had sent out a mayday signal.
United has become the first airline to offer travelers a non-binary gender option when booking a reservation.
In a statement released today, United said it has added the title “Mx” to its booking selection and also to the MileagePlus customer profile forms. The new pronoun will be available throughout all booking channels.
South African tourism suffers notable decline in 2018
The South African
South African tourism still leads as Africa’s leading destination but lately, it’s growth has seen a notable decline and this was more visible in the sector’s performance in 2018.
Furthermore, the annual report on the economic impact and social importance of the tourism industry, compiled by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), placed Ethiopia as the country that saw the highest growth in 2018.
The largest country on the Horn of Africa saw a massive spike in its tourism industry, with a whopping 48.5% increase in economic activity in the sector.