Ethiopian Airlines CEO has faith in Africa spirits, vows to work with Boeing
ETHIOPIAN Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has declared his countrymen were heartbroken by the 737 Max crash that took the lives of all 157 aboard and vowed to work with Boeing and the industry at large to improve aviation safety
26 March 2019 - 19:00
'It has been more than two weeks since the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. The heartbreak for the families of the passengers and crew who perished will be lasting,' said Mr GebreMariam.
'This has forever changed their lives, and we at Ethiopian Airlines will feel the pain forever. I pray that we all continue to find strength in the weeks and months ahead.
'The people of Ethiopia feel this very deeply, too. As a state-owned airline and the flagship carrier for our nation, we carry the torch for the Ethiopian brand around the world. In a nation that sometimes is saddled with negative stereotypes, accidents like this affect our sense of pride,' he said.
'Yet this tragedy won't define us. We pledge to work with Boeing and our colleagues in all the airlines to make air travel even safer.
'As the largest aviation group on the continent of Africa, we represent The New Spirit of Africa and will continue to move forward. We are rated as a four-star global airline with a high safety record and member of Star Alliance. That will not change.
'The investigation of the accident is well underway, and we will learn the truth. At this time, I do not want to speculate as to the cause. Many questions on the B-737 MAX airplane remain without answers, and I pledge full and transparent cooperation to discover what went wrong,' Mr GebreMariam said.
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