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Ethiopian Airlines still 'believes in Boeing' despite 737 Max crash, CEO says


03/25/2019


Ethiopian Airlines still 'believes in Boeing' despite 737 Max crash, CEO says
Despite the fatal crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft of the Ethiopian Airlines that killed all of the 157 people on board on March 10, the chief executive of the airlines has said that his company still "believes in Boeing".
 
The Boeing 737 Max 8 craft of Ethiopian airlines had crashed to the ground just minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa and travelling to Nairobi.
 
There have been questions across the world about the safety of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as there had been a similar fatal accident five months ago involving the same model aircraft belonging to Lion Air in which all of the 189 people on board were killed. Following the two accidents, dozens of countries and airlines across the world had either grounded of banned all Boeing 737 Max aircraft, including the United States. That resulted in Boeing announcing a global grounding of all of the Boeing 737 Max crafts.
 
"Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing. They have been a partner of ours for many years," Tewolde Gebremariam wrote in a statement Monday.
 
While saying that it was not the appropriate time yet to give any speculation on the reason behind the crash of the Ethiopian Airline plane, the executive however added that he expected to soon know the truth because the investigation into the incident was ongoing.
 
The training procedure used by the airline was also supported by Gebremariam and he noted that those pilots that flew the 737 Max 8 for the Ethiopian Airlines were adequately trained according to the a service bulletin that had been issued by Boeing and the Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued by the USA Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).
 
All of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft all across the globe however still remains grounded even as the investigations into the Ethiopian crash continue.
 
More than 200 airline pilots in Washington would be briefed by Boeing this week on the updates of the company on training and software for its 737 Max aircraft. According to a report published by Reuters, Daniel Putut, the Managing Director of Lion Air, has said that a pilot and an engineer would be sent to the meeting called by Boeing from the airlines.
 
Confidence in Boeing and its ability to fix the plane was expressed on Monday by the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar al- Baker. "We have confidence in the Boeing airplanes and we are sure they will find the issue they had which is still under investigation," he told reporters in Muscat:
 
He expected the FAA to certify updates to the jet's flight control software and training within weeks, Boeing's Vice President for commercial plane marketing, Randy Tinseth, told a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference in London last week.
 
A criminal investigation into the original certification process for the 737 Max jet was joined last week by the FBI.
 
(Source:www.cnbc.com)