Ethiopian Airlines is arguably the biggest aviation brand in Africa, and recorded a steady growth since 2009.
Airline recorded more than US$ 3 billion in annual revenue and carried nearly 11 million passengers last year on its fleet of 111 planes.
After the crash of 737MAX flight ET302 media, specially U.S media raised many questions on its credibility and blamed the airline and its pilots for the crash.
National carrier of Ethiopia survived the economic challenges while its african peers like South African Airways and Kenya Airways failed.
In 2005, Ethiopian entered the global aviation limelight, when it was announced the launch carrier for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, placing a $1.3 billion order for 15 aircraft.
Today, Airline has 12 full flight simulators, including Boeing 737MAX, B787, B777, and Airbus A350.
Ethiopian Airline also operates Africa’s largest aviation academy, where pilots, ground staff, maintenance technicians and cabin crew from across the continent come to train.
Boeing being the world leader in Aircraft manufacturing with the history of over 100 years shouldn’t have sold an aircraft with known flaws in flight controls., and the US media is questioning the Pilot skills, training and airline’s safety records.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the pilots of the doomed Ethiopian plane never trained in a simulator for the Max.
In October, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing “came up with contents that we incorporated in our working manuals and also briefed all our pilots. But today we believe that might not have been enough,” Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told the Associated Press
It is unfortunate, there is a perception that “if it is African, it has be less safe than the rest”…but it not always our assumptions are correct.