Royal Air Maroc says has not canceled Boeing 737 MAX orders

FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing facilities at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

RABAT (Reuters) - Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has not canceled orders for the Boeing BA.N 737 MAX, the Moroccan national carrier said on Friday, following conflicting remarks about the fate of two jets.

“The order to receive the two aircraft has never been canceled,” Hakim Challot, director of external communications, told Reuters.

RAM has taken delivery of two Boeing 737 MAX and these were grounded along with the worldwide fleet in March, shortly after the second of two fatal accidents involving the widely used jet.

A further two 737 MAX aircraft have been built and are ready to be delivered to the airline once the grounding is lifted, which Boeing has predicted will be in the fourth quarter.

On Thursday, a source from RAM told Reuters the deal to take the two extra jets in June had been “suspended”.

However, a senior industry source close to the matter, also speaking on condition of anonymity, later denied the report.

No comment was available from Boeing.

The U.S. planemaker’s fastest-selling jet was grounded worldwide and deliveries were frozen in March after crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed a total of 346 people.

Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi, Editing by Tim Hepher and Mark Potter