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ISTANBUL: March 18, 2019. Turkish Airlines Board chairman and head of the airline’s Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı is reported as saying his company plans to hire 8,000 more staff this year bringing the employee total to 68,000.

Turkish Airlines MAX Declaring the airline “will never be sold” as it represents the national identity, he said Turkish Cargo expects to operate from Both Ataturk Airport and the New Istanbul Airport this year as the airline introduces services to eight more destinations including points in China.

Last week the airline announced it had grounded its fleet of 12 B737 MAX aircraft as it makes preparations to begin a four times a week passenger service from Izmir to Tel Aviv in May.

On March 17 Boeing chairman, president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the aerospace manufacturer continues to work with aviation authorities in respect to the Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX crash. “While investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions, Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behaviour in response to erroneous sensor inputs.

“We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request of and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Accredited Representative working with Ethiopian investigators,” added Muilenburg.

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