Ethiopian Airlines still believes in aircraft maker, Boeing despite the recent crash of one of its B737 Max that killed 157 passengers and crew on board.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde  GebreMariam, who stated this on Monday, said both companies had been partners for many years and more than two-thirds of the aircraft in its fleet were made by Boeing.

He said: “Let me be clear; Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing. They have been a partner of ours for many years. More than two-thirds of our fleet are Boeing. We were the first African airline to fly the 767, 757, 777-200LR, and we were the second nation in the world after Japan to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner.

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“Less than a month ago, we took delivery of yet another two new 737 cargo planes, a different version from the one that crashed. The plane that crashed was less than five months old. Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future.”

He said the airline was proud of its association with the United States aviation industry, adding that Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945 with help from Trans World Airlines, and that in the early years, its pilots, flight crews, mechanics and managers were actually employees of TWA.

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