El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has now taken delivery of its first new Boeing 737-900 ER (Extended Range) aircraft. The pictured 737-958 ER 4X-EHA (msn 41552) at rainy Seattle is pictured undergoing testing and is the first of six. 4X-EHA was handed over on October 9. The new aircraft will replace older aircraft in service.
The airline issued this short promo on its website:
As part of the general renewal of its fleet, El Al has purchased 6 new aircraft of this model, the most advanced and sophisticated narrow-body plane in the world. The first plane will be landing in Israel this month, and the second will be joining the El Al fleet in December.
The remaining planes will arrive by the beginning of 2016.
In these new aircraft, El Al is launching a new design for its aircraft interiors, with a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere, and innovative mood lighting that changes throughout the flight.
El Al business class passengers will be able to enjoy full comfort business seats, with 44” of space. All seats are equipped with sockets for laptops and USB connections.
Economy class passengers will be able to enjoy advanced technological designed seats, with ergonomic cushions for maximum comfort. The seats offer comfortable space, also thanks to the location of the literature pocket at the upper part of the back of the seat. All passengers will enjoy the option of power sockets for their laptops and USB connections so that they can remain connected at all times. As well spacious upper storage compartments for carry – on luggage.
Update: On October 9, Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing has delivered El Al Israel Airlines’ first Next-Generation 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplane. The delivery is the first of six 737-900 ERs the Israeli flag-carrier has on order and is the latest addition to El Al’s all-Boeing fleet.
El Al’s 737-900 ER will be its first airplane to feature the new Boeing Sky Interior. This interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers. It introduces new LED lighting and curved architecture that welcomes passengers onboard and creates a greater sense of spaciousness and comfort in the cabin. The interior also features modern, sculpted sidewalls and overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling, yet carry more bags.
El Al’s latest addition to its fleet will seat 172 passengers, with all passengers able to enjoy the option of power sockets for their laptops and USB connections. The Israeli-flag carrier operates an all-Boeing fleet of nearly 40 airplanes including Next-Generation 737s, 747-400s, 767s and 777s and serves 30 destinations worldwide.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by El Al): Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com.