a On October 26, local time, LOT Polish Airlines (hereinafter referred to as Polish Airlines) spokesperson Krzysztof
Moczulski) confirmed that because the Boeing 737Max passenger plane was grounded by regulatory agencies around the world, causing huge economic losses to the airline, Polish Airlines has filed a lawsuit against Boeing in a Seattle court in the United States, demanding the latter to compensate not less than 1 billion Poland. Zloty (approximately RMB 1.6 billion).
According to sources quoted by the Polish News Agency, Polish Airlines had been negotiating a settlement with Boeing for several months before launching the lawsuit, but did not reach a satisfactory result.
Poland Airlines has ordered 15 Boeing 737Max aircraft with a total price of US$1.8 billion. The first aircraft was delivered in December 2017. On March 12, 2019, the aircraft of this type was grounded by the European Aviation Safety Agency due to two major air crashes that caused 346 deaths. The investigation revealed that the design failure of the Maneuvering Characteristics Enhancement System (MCAS) was the cause of the two crashes.
Poland Airlines emphasized that due to the regulatory agency’s grounding decision, the airline was unable to use the aircraft from March 2019 to March 2021, resulting in increased operating costs.