ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Co, a Kuwaiti leasing company, has sued Boeing for US$336 million accusing it of wrongly refusing to return advance payments on a now-canceled order for 40 of its troubled 737 MAX planes.
In a complaint filed in Chicago federal court, ALAFCO accused Boeing of breach of contract for keeping the payments despite being unable to deliver the planes or provide a revised delivery schedule, stated a Reuters report.
ALAFCO said it canceled its order on March 6 after Boeing failed to deliver nine aircraft on time. It said Boeing has resisted its claim that the problems amounted to a “non-excusable delay” that would justify repayment.
Boeing suspended 737 Max deliveries in March 2019, when the Federal Aviation Administration grounded the aircraft following the deaths of 346 people in crashes of two 737 Max planes operated by Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines.
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