El Al to Add 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Fleet
El Al Israel Airlines announced plans to add up to 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to its all-Boeing fleet.
The Israeli flag carrier said on Thursday it had placed an order for up to nine 787s with Boeing, with a value of over $2.2 billion at current list prices. In addition, the airline plans to lease six additional 787s from aircraft leasing companies.
The high-tech planes will increase the airline’s capacity and provide “greater route flexibility to and from its hub at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv,” it said in a statement.
El Al became operating an all-Boeing fleet in 1961, with the delivery of its first Boeing aircraft, a 707, and currently has 22 737s, seven 747s, seven 767s, and six 777s. The new 787s will use 20% less fuel and have 20% fewer emissions than the aircraft they replace in El Al’s fleet.
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