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June 18, 2024
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They have come through a long and, most recently, troubled relationship after the fatal MAX 8 crash in March 2019. But Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing have now restored their friendship and started a new chapter, which is symbolized on the second day of the Dubai Airshow with a big order. Ethiopian has placed a firm order for 20 MAX 8s and 11 787-9s, plus options for another 21 MAX and 15 Dreamliners.

Ethiopian placed a first MAX order in September 2014 for 20 aircraft, followed by one for 10 aircraft in July 2016. Following the 2019 accident of flight ET302 after take-off from Addis Ababa, in which all 157 occupants were killed, the airline considered canceling all MAX orders but kept them in the backlog. Ethiopian resumed MAX operations only in February 2022 and currently operates 13 MAX 8s. It has 17 aircraft in the backlog.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.