JSE-listed airline Comair on Monday relented to public pressure and decided to stop using its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after the fatal weekend crash in Ethiopia, the second involving the model in less than five months. The South African airline, which operates the British Airways brand locally, said it had taken the decision even though it remained confident about the "inherent safety" of the plane. It had decided temporarily not to schedule the aircraft, while it consulted other operators, Boeing and technical experts. "The safety and confidence of our customers and crew is always our priority," Wrenelle Stander, executive director of Comair’s airline division, said in a statement on Monday. The decision came as potential Comair customers, along with travellers around the globe, took to social media to express concern about the safety of the planes. While investigators have yet to make a link between the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 passengers and crew, and an acci...

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