Comair not grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 after Ethiopian Airlines tragedy

Mar 11th, 2019 Sandisiwe Ntlemeza 701 Views

JOHANNESBURG: Comair has expressed their sympathies to the lives lost in the Ethiopian Airlines, flight ET 302 tragedy which saw the aircraft crash near the town of Bishoftu 62 km south-east of the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday morning killing all 157 people on board.

The Boeing 737 Max-plane, which underwent a routine maintenance check on February 4, was flying from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when it crashed. Earlier this year, Boeing delivered the first 737 MAX 8 to Comair Limited, making it the first airline in sub-Sahara Africa to operate the fuel-efficient jet.

Comair said it had ordered eight of these aircraft as part of its fleet renewal strategy, with the last one due for delivery in 2022.