By Jamie Freed
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea carrier Air Niugini has updated its contract with Boeing Co
The carrier had been due to receive its first 737 MAX this year.
Air Niugini Chief Executive Alan Milne told Reuters the delay would give the airline more time to complete a broader review of its fleet plans, including a replacement for its smaller Fokker jets.
"This will then determine if the MAX is still appropriate for Air Niugini, or whether another Boeing product would better suit as a replacement for the 737/767," he said, in reference to older models in the airline's fleet.
Milne said it was possible the 737 MAX orders could be switched to the smaller Embraer SA
"Air Niugini is a valued Boeing customer and we are working closely with the airline to meet its evolving fleet requirements," a Boeing spokesman said. "Unfortunately, we do not disclose ongoing customer discussions and have no further comment."
Some other Boeing customers, including Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd
Boeing confirmed on Monday that it has temporarily halted production of the 737 MAX in Washington State in recent days. The company had said in December it would halt production at some point this month.
(Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Paul Simao and Sam Holmes)