Garuda Indonesia Wants to Cancel Order of 49 Boeing Jets – Time

(Bloomberg) — Indonesia’s flag carrier wants to cancel its order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after the airline lost confidence in the model following two crashes, according to President Director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra. The planes were to be delivered through 2030, Danadiputra said.

PT Garuda Indonesia has sought talks with Boeing Co. on the cancellation plan, Danadiputra said in a text message on Thursday. The airline, which had ordered 50 Max 8 jets in 2014, has taken delivery of just one aircraft, which has been grounded after the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. The planes were to be delivered through 2030, Danadiputra said.

After reviewing the latest development, especially the increasing customer concerns toward Max 8, we have lost the confidence in the product, Danadiputra said.

Garuda joins Indonesian private carrier Lion Air and a number of global airlines in weighing a switch away from Boeing’s Max jetliner to other aircraft after regulators around the world decided to ground Boeing’s most popular model.

The Ethiopian Airlines crash killed all 157 people on board, less than five months after a Lion Air 737 Max jet plunged into the Java Sea. A preliminary report into that disaster, which killed 189 passengers and crew, indicated that pilots struggled to maintain control following an equipment malfunction.

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Nashville SC begin demolition at fairgrounds site for soccer-specific stadium

Nashville SC’s own soccer-specific stadium is now one step closer to reality.

Just over one month after mayor John Cooper and lead owner John Ingram agreed upon a revised deal at the Fairgrounds site, demolition began Monday. You can check out more from The Tennessean, as their storyincludes reporting that an injunction motion from the Save Our Fairgrounds group was denied by a local judge.

“In a period when there’s a lot of uncertainty, it’s great to have a little bit of positive news,” said Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre in a team statement. “This is an element of progress towards finally playing in our very own soccer-specific stadium at the Fairgrounds, an investment in our city, and a milestone in our club’s history that our supporters and all sports fans are eager to see come to life.”

The amendedagreement for the 30,000-seat stadiumwill seeNashville SC privately fund 100 percent of construction through cash investment, stadium lease payments and revenues generated at the stadium by attendees of events held at the facility. The deal also eliminates taxpayer and budget burden for stadium construction while maintaining the first community benefits agreement in Tennessee.

Nashville are currently two games into their expansion season and are playing home games at Nissan Stadium. Their first match at the venue, a 2-1 loss on Feb. 29 against Atlanta United, drew 59,069 fans.

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Prince William and Prince Harry Set to Split Household – Time

Following an October report that Prince William and Prince Harry were considering setting up separate courts, Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly agreed to the creation of a new royal household for Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

In a move that has reportedly been in the works since before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, it looks like William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan will begin operating under two different offices — rather than the one they have shared since 2009 — this spring, People reports.

It’s unclear whether the separation will take place before or after the birth of Harry and Meghan’s first royal baby.

This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage, People reported, quoting a palace statement.

According to the Sunday Times, the brothers are setting up separate courts in order to reflect their “increasingly different responsibilities.” But the news comes amid reports of tension between the two couples. In December, Kensington Palace issued a rare statement denying a report of an alleged clash between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton before Markle’s royal wedding took place in May. “This never happened,” a royal spokesperson told The Sun.

The palace previously confirmed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are relocating from Nottingham Cottage at Kensington, where Prince William and Kate Middleton live, to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.

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