Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest and the leading Aviation Group has returned its B737 MAX back to the skies on Tuesday in a non-stop flight of 4:30 hour in different parts of Ethiopia.
The flight was initially planned to take place to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania from Addis Abeba. However, that flight to Tanzania was cancelled due to the bad weather condition at the destination.
The airline’s Board Chairman Abadula Gemeda, Getachew Mengistite, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Esayas Weldemariam, Acting Deputy CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Geeta Pasi, the outgoing Ambassador of the US to Ethiopia, government officials, and journalists, among others were onboard the first demonstration flight.
Commenting on the return of the B737 MAX to service, Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said, “Safety is the top most priority at Ethiopian Airlines and it guides every decision we make and all actions we take. It is in line with this guiding principle that we are now returning the B737 MAX to service not only after the recertification by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), EASA of Europe, Transport Canada, CAAC, ECAA and other regulatory bodies but also after the fleet type’s return to service by 36 airlines around the world.”
The flight was a safe one, said Captain Natan Elias and Endale Gashaw, the Co-pilot.