Brussels Airport criticized for promoting controversial aircraft model involved in recent accidents
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Brussels Airport criticized for promoting controversial aircraft model involved in recent accidents

The controversial Boeing 737 was banned from Belgium in March 2019 following the accident of an aircraft of this model in Ethiopia.

Brussels Airport was asked last week by the Airport Ombudsman to remove a page on their website effectively glorifying the Boeing 737 MAX.

The controversial aircraft was involved in two accidents that caused some 346 victims in October 2018 and March 2019, and was recently banned from a large number countries, including Belgium.

The page read: “Good news for the airport, the local residents and the environment: TUI fly is expanding its fleet with 4 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Thanks to its new engine and extremely aerodynamic design, the latest model from the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing emits 14% less CO2 and makes 40% less noise.

Contacted last week by Belgian weekly magazine Le Vif, a spokesperson for the airport argued that the information “must have been old”. But there was no date of publication to verify this. And the information was still part of the 2019 environmental report published last Wednesday, 24 July. The page has now been removed from the website.

The Brussels Times

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