Speaking at the inauguration in January of a new passenger terminal in Addis Ababa to triple capacity, the prime minister challenged the airline to build a new "Airport City" terminal in Bishoftu - where Sunday's crash occurred.
There were 149 passengers and eight crew on board at the time.
The Airline shared a statement to confirm that its flight was involved in an accident.
A list of the dead released by Ethiopian Airlines included passengers from China, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Israel, India and Somalia.More news: Duke Basketball: Marques Bolden ruled out for the ACC Tournament
A regularly scheduled flight from Bole airport in Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya crashed at 8.44am local time (5.44am GMT), after taking off at 8.38am.
The count is not final.
Ethiopia declared a national day of mourning for Monday amid a global stream of condolences for loved ones, many of whom gathered in tears at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The Max mock-up is the newest version of Boeing's workhorse 737 models, the world's most popular commercial aircraft. Earlier, Ethiopian Airlines said in statement that the plane was a "Boeing 737-800MAX" aircraft.More news: Kier in shock debt restatement
One witness told AFP the plane was on fire before crashing, and swerving erratically.
Nineteen staff from at least five U.N. and affiliated organizations died, including the World Food Program, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, the International Telecommunications Union, the U.N. Environment Program, the World Bank and the International Organisation on Migration, the IOM said.
On October 29, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
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The aviation authority will contact the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, it said.