Ahead of Independence Day today in the US – Boeing has announced $100 million in funds to address family and community needs of those affected by the tragic 737 Max 8 accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
These funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities.
Boeing will partner with local governments and non-profit organizations to address these needs. This initial investment will be made over multiple years.
Lion Air Flight 610 crashed October last year killing all 189 on board and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in March killing all 149 on board.
“We at Boeing are sorry for the tragic loss of lives in both of these accidents and these lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come.
“The families and loved ones of those on board have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO.
“We know every person who steps aboard one of our airplanes places their trust in us. We are focused on re-earning that trust and confidence from our customers and the flying public in the months ahead.”
Boeing is making changes to the 737 Max software and is still hopeful of getting 737 Max aircraft back into the skies by the end of the year.