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Should Ethiopia follow FAA and ground all Boeing 787 flights?
Ed's Note: Ethiopian Airlines announced on Thursday that it is grounding all its 787 fleet for a precautionary inspection. Read the press release here
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered the immediate temporary halt of Boeing's Dreamliner flights on Wednesday, saying it requires a "corrective action plan" before flights can resume, and hasn't released a timetable for when that might happen, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Two days earlier, Ethiopian Airlines CEO expressed confidence with the the safety of Boeing 787 and said in a press statement that "We are pleased with the performance of our Dreamliners. The Dreamliner is a highly capable and safe aircraft, which has enabled Ethiopian to enhance its service. The feedback from our passengers has been overwhelmingly positive and in some instances contributed to higher than expected passenger load factors on routes it has been deployed," said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian. "However, like any new technology aircraft entering into service, it is normal to encounter some minor bugs here and there, which are causing some technical delays in departures as extra time is needed to correct them", he added.
In light of recent developments regarding the aircraft and the FAA announcement to ground all 787 flights in the US, should ET ground all Boeing 787 flights until further safety check?
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