Ethiopian Airlines hesitant about using Boeing Max jets again
Final test has not been scheduled yet, raising questions about how quickly Max jets can be retrieved from storage and put back in service
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May 13, 2019 - by DAVID KOENIG for seattletimes.com
DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines says his airline might never fly the Boeing 737 MAX again after a deadly crash in March, and if it does, it will wait until other carriers use the plane first.
Tewolde Gebremariam told NBC News that Ethiopian won't use the plane unless the airline, its pilots and passengers are convinced that it is safe.
"If we fly them again, we will be the last airline to fly them again," he said.
A Boeing spokesman, Charles Bickers, said the company "is working closely with pilots, airlines and global regulators to update the Max and help prevent this tragic loss of life from happening again."
Nearly 400 Max jets operated by dozens of airlines remain grounded around the world while Boeing works to fix flight-control software implicated in two accidents that killed 346 people, including 157 on Ethiopian Flight 302.
Boeing's changes are designed to reduce the software's ability to pitch the nose of the plane down in some circumstances, and to make it easier for pilots to control.