Ethiopian Airlines CEO says carrier ‘for the last time to fly’ Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

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The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) has announced that the carrier is the last “fly” the Boeing 737-MAX aircraft again after a deadly crash in March killed all 157 people on board. If EAL decide to ever fly the aircraft again, the exec detailed, it will wait until other airlines use the first plane.

On May 13, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told NBC News that he “can’t completely say” the Boeing 737-MAX airplane, will once again participate in the Ethiopian Airlines fleet. On 10 March, the airline that the flight of 302 – control of a Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft tragically crashed minutes after the start of the ethiopian capital, killing everyone on board.

“At this stage I can not, I do not say that the plane back to fly on Ethiopian Airlines. It can, if we are fully convinced, and if we are able to convince our pilots, if we are ever to convince our traveling public,” Gebremariam told NBC, in which it indicated that EAL would be “the last airline to fly them back.”

This photo taken Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 showing an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 parked at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)


“We never have time to speak about the return to service and we have made clear on several occasions we would not be the first to return their aircraft back in the air,” he continued.

Forward, Gebremariam called for Boeing to review more than the mka’s anti-stall system – supposedly supposed to be blamed for a part for the fatal crash of both EAL flight 302, and Lion Air flight 610, NBC reports.

In October, a Boeing 737-8 MAX operated by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia. All 189 people on board were killed in the crash.

“It is very abnormal for new aircraft to have two accidents fatal accidents in a period of five months,” Gebremariam came up with. “These brand new aircraft.”

Boeing spokesman Charles Cyclists, also told the Chicago Tribune that the company “works closely with the pilots, the airlines and the global regulators to update the Max and help prevent this tragic loss of life from happening again.”


Three days after the fatal flight 302 crash, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 models to be temporarily grounded in America. The agency said that the decision has been made on the basis of both the jets as a result of the data gathering process, and new evidence collected at the site and analysed.”



“The grounding will remain in effect, pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder,” the FAA said at the time.

As noted by Business Insider, the order grounded 24 Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft in the American Airlines, with an order of 76 737-8 MAX aircraft in the works.

The carrier’s CEO Doug Parker told the outlet that American Airlines is “100 percent certainty that the plane is safe” at the time that the plane is renewed by the FAA and are actively flying again.

“Our focus now is working with the regulators and our pilots and Boeing to come to a point that we all feel comfortable, the plane is safe, it won’t fly until everyone is comfortable,” Parker said.

He continued to detail that it is of the utmost importance for American Airlines pilots to feel safe in the high heavens.

Parker added, “our pilots play a big role as a leader in this and because again, they are much more the experts than I am. So we rely on them as much as anything, to ensure that the aircraft is airworthy.”


Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, Dom Calicchio, Nicole, Darrah, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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