“This should not happen again to any airline, even a single life should not be put at risk,” Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said in an interview with NBC news.
He wanted a full rigorous review of the 737MAX plane and believe that “entire flight control system needs to be reviewed”, not just MCAS.
“At this stage I cannot, I cannot fully say that the airplane will fly back on Ethiopian Airlines. It may, if we are fully convinced..” he added.
Boeing is desperate to put the plane back in the air as its future rides on the success of the 737 Max. With more the 5000 MAX planes on order, the company cannot afford to let it be grounded for a long time.
To get the plane back in the air, FAA’s certification will not enough as more the 80% of the MAX orders are from outside U.S and world Aviation Authorities will not rubber-stamp FAA certification.
“Clearly confidence in the FAA as the gold standard in aviation safety has been shaken,” DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel testified at a Senate hearing last month.
In the mean time, Boeing is planing to get celebrities endorsement to win back the passenger confidence when it start to fly again.
However, getting the 737 Max back in the air has been a costly affair for Boeing as it has been losing money every day.
The Boeing lost 21% for the FQ19, and payouts exceeds $1billion so far…