The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines announced on Thursday, Sept. 2, that the Boeing 737 Max will make its return to Ethiopia in 2022.
The 737 Max model had killed more than 150 people in a crash in early 2019 on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. But more than two years later, the Ethiopian carrier has decided to bring the aircraft back into service. Ethiopian Airlines took the opportunity to sign a more comprehensive agreement with the American aircraft manufacturer.
Many Asian, American and European regulators have already authorized the 737 to resume commercial flights. Addis Ababa has followed suit, recognizing that the aircraft is now reliable.
But that’s not all, Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing have signed a memorandum, the details of which have not been disclosed. The CEO of the company reveals however that the emphasis will be put on industrial development, with the manufacture of aircraft components in Ethiopia for Airbus and Boeing.
Ethiopia has another project: the creation of a new airport, south of Addis Ababa for an amount of 5 billion dollars.