|El Al 787, rendering. Photo: El Al|
[Avionics Today 10-29-2015] Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines have agreed on an order for up to nine 787 Dreamliners, valued at more than $2.2 billion at current list prices. El Al will also lease six additional 787s from independent leasing companies as the Israeli-flag carrier looks to replace and grow its existing long-haul fleet, increasing capacity and providing greater route flexibility to and from its hub at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv.
"I am proud to unveil today the largest aircraft acquisition program in the history of El Al. Our agreement to purchase 787 Dreamliners is a significant step forward in the optimization of our route network, enhancing passenger service and the overall flight experience," said David Maimon, President and Chief Executive Officer, EL AL.
El Al operates an all-Boeing fleet of 22 737s, seven 747s, seven 767s and six 777s.