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Ethiopian Airlines Set to Return Boeing 737 MAX to Service


Ethiopian Airlines is finalizing preparations to return the Boeing 737 MAX fleet to service after almost three years of grounding its entire MAX fleet following a fatal crash.


The first flight with the Boeing 737 MAX is expected to be operated on 1 February 2022.

Ethiopian Airlines is returning the Boeing 737 MAX to service after the recertification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), EASA of Europe, Transport Canada, CAAC, ECAA and other regulatory bodies and also after the return to service by more than 34 airlines around the world.

In line with Ethiopian Airlines commitment to be among the last airlines to return the Boeing 737 MAX, the airline has taken enough time to monitor the design modification work and the more than 20 months of rigorous recertification process.


The airline has ensured that its Pilots, Engineers, Aircraft Technicians, and Cabin Crew are confident on the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX fleet.

Ethiopian Airlines has put in place a rigorous and comprehensive processes to ensure that every plane in the sky is safe. In the next one month, the airline will update the travelling public on further details and progresses.

It'll be recalled that an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX enroute to Nairobi from Addis Ababa crashed on 10 March 2019, killing all 157 onboard including 149 passengers and 8 crew members.


Since it was returned to service a year ago, the Boeing 737 MAX has accumulated more than 275,000 commercial flights.

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