Indonesia Threatens to Halt Airbus Jet Orders Over Palm Oil Feud
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August 24, 2019 - by bloomberg for investing.com
Indonesia is pushing its domestic airlines to halt purchase of Airbus SE planes in retaliation for curbs imposed by the European Union on use of palm biodiesel.
Indonesia's Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita is also asking carriers including PT Lion Mentari Airlines to consider switching their outstanding aircraft to Boeing (NYSE:BA) Co. Lukita has spoken to Lion's co-founder Rusdi Kirana about dumping Airbus and the country's largest low-cost carrier supports the government move, the minister said in a text message on Thursday.
"We are exploring all options," Lukita said, when asked if the government would order all carriers to switch to Boeing from Airbus. "I have contacted Rusdi, and he said the airline will follow whatever the government decides."...
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