EL AL Israel Airlines has taken delivery of its
first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The 787-9 touched down in Tel Aviv on
Wednesday following a nonstop, 6,746 mile (10,856 km.) delivery
flight from Paine Field, adjacent to Boeing's factory in Everett,
EL AL leased the airplane through an
agreement with Air Lease Corporation.
"The arrival of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner
is a day of pride and joy to all of us at EL AL," said EL AL Chief
Executive Officer, David Maimon. "It is the highlight in the
ongoing renewal of the EL AL fleet, which started a year and a
half ago when we decided to order 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. We
are happy to embark on a new journey with our first Dreamliner."
has been an all-Boeing carrier since taking delivery of its first
new Boeing airplane in 1961 and currently operates a fleet of more
than 40 airplanes including Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 767s and
Boeing says that the 787 delivered uses 20
to 25% less fuel and with 20 to 25% fewer emissions
than the airplanes it replaces.
"The arrival of the new airplanes will create a revolution
in the customer experience. We have set a very high standard of
service and product excellence in order to maintain our position
as the first and preferred choice for passengers, travelling both
to and from Israel," said Maimon. "I am convinced that this
significant procurement of 787s is a great opportunity for us to
meet the highest levels expected. The Dreamliner will ensure our
customers receive exceptional comfort, innovative technology,
advanced aircraft and quality service."
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