Boeing and regulators are "doing the right thing" as they seek to end the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, in the view of Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam.
Speaking to FlightGlobal at the Paris air show today, Gebremariam cited "good progress" on bringing the type back into service, but added that it was still "a work in progress".
"Now we have confidence in the process," he says. "Boeing is doing the right thing, the regulators are also doing the right thing. They are working together to make sure that all concerns from all regions are addressed. And the process is all-inclusive."
Asked about the prospect of bringing more Max aircraft into the Ethiopian fleet, Gebremariam simply replies: "We'll see."
Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows that Ethiopian has four Max 8s in storage and another 25 on order.
Speaking at the IATA annual general meeting in Seoul in early June, Gebremariam said the carrier would only restart flights with the Max "after the regulators decide and when we see airlines start flying it", adding: "We will be the last one."
Source: Cirium Dashboard