Africa: Air Peace Clears Air on B737 Max 8 order
The Management of Air Peace Airline has thought it imperative to clarify that Air Peace recently placed a firm order for 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
According to a statement by its Corporate Communications Manager Chris Iwarah, the clarification become necessary in view of numerous calls and enquiries involving the Ethiopian airlines’ B737 Max 8 aircraft that crashed on Sunday.
He said: “Although it is premature to comment on the incidents, we wish to assure members of the flying public that we are closely following and monitoring developments on the issue as an airline that prioritises the safety and well-being of our customers.
“While we keep engaging with our partners in this regard, we repose implicit confidence in Boeing and aviation authorities to capably and satisfactorily address all the issues if at the conclusion of ongoing investigations it is discovered that the challenge is with the B737 Max 8.
“We urge members of the flying public to continue to choose Air Peace as their preferred airline and trust us to always act in their best interest.”
Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines Group has suspended the commercial operations of all Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft immediately after the tragic accident, while the cause of the crash is assumed to be found from the black box data.
According to a report by atqnews.com, Ethiopian airlines has continued monitoring the situation closely with all stakeholders and is providing all the necessary support to the families of the deceased in its temporarily established family assistance centers in Addis Ababa and Nairobi Airports.
About thirty two nationals from different countries were involved in the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crash.
Data released from the airline revealed that 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese, 8 Italians, 8 USA, and 7 French nationals and 7 United Kingdom nationals were involved in the ill-fated flight.
Other nationals involved in the flight include 8 Egyptians, 5 Germans, 4 Indians, 4 Slovakians, 3 Austrians, 3 Russians, 3 Swedish, 2 Spaniard, 2Isrealis , 2 Moroccans, and 2 Polish nationals.
The data also revealed that 1 Belgian, 1 Djibouti, 1 Indonesian, 1 Irish, 1 Mozambican, 1 Norwegian, 1 Rwandan, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese ,1 Somalian, 1 Serbian 1 Togolese, 1 Ugandan, 1 Yemenis, 1 Nepal and 1 Nigerian.
The aircraft, a B-737-800MAX crashed with all passengers on board enroute Nairobi.
The airline in a statement said the Group CEO who was at the scene of the accident confirmed that there was no survivor. The flight is believed to have 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board.
He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident. Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at www.ethiopianairlines.com.
“Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302 /March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. “
In October 29, 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea just off the coast of Indonesia, killing all 189 on board.
More than 40 airlines around the world, now flies the B737-Max including Southwest, American Airlines and United and as of January 31, Boeing had more than 5,000 confirmed orders for 737 MAX aircraft.