Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed it will return the Boeing 737 MAX to active service in February 2022.
Close to 3 years after its grounding in the wake of the crash of ET302, the MAX is firmly back on track. Today more MAX aircraft are actively flying around the world than at the time of the type’s grounding in 2019 according to cirium.
“Safety is our topmost priority .. and it guides every decision we make and all actions we take,” Tewolde Gebremariam said in a statement.
“We have taken enough time to monitor the design modification work and the more than 20 months of rigorous rectification process…our pilots, engineers, aircraft technicians, cabin crew are confident on the safety of the fleet.”
According to OAG schedules update, Ethiopian Airlines intends to resume flying the 737 MAX 8 with services to Istanbul Airport (IST) Turkey, Cairo Airport (CAI) Egypt, Khartoum Airport (KRT) Sudan, Akanu Ibiam Airport (ENU) Nigeria, Entebbe International airport (EBB) Uganda, Prince Said Ibrahim Airport (HAH) Comoros, Fascene Airport (NOS) Madagascar and Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) Seychelles serviced from Addis Ababa’s Role International Airport (ADD).
Ethiopian Airlines currently has four grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet, with a further 25 on order.
Air peace currently has an order for 10 737 Max aircraft which CEO Allen Onyema reaffirmed are still in plan for delivery.
Speaking in march at the delivery of the airline’s brand new E2, Onyema said “We are not phasing out our Boeing aircraft, part of our business plan is that as we are getting the brand new planes, we would be phasing out the old ones, but remember that we are bringing in brand new Boeing 737 Max. We are still a member of the Boeing family; we may have to phase out any aging Boeing aircraft in our fleet”
The East African carrier became the latest airline in Africa to endorse the MAX with an order for 2 aircraft at the Dubai airshow in November