El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) on August 22, 2017 took delivery of its first of 16 new 282-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The new Dreamliners will eventually replace the aging Boeing 747-400s and 767-300s.
The new type will be introduced on September 12, 2017 on the Tel Aviv – London (Heathrow) route followed by Tel Aviv – Newark route on October 29, 2017.
Tel Aviv – Hong Kong service will follow on March 18, 2018.
The pictured 4X-EDA is named “Ashdod”.
Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing, El Al Israel Airlines and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) are celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on August 22, 2017.
El Al leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation.
The 787-9 touched down in Tel Aviv the following day following a nonstop, 6,746 mile (10,856 km.) delivery flight from Paine Field, adjacent to Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash.
El Al 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 777s.
Top Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4X-EDA (msn 63548) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939092. All other photos by El Al.