In a note, the Israeli airline EL AL He confirmed that negotiations are under way with Boeing on the purchase and leasing of fifteen new wide-body aircraft 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner with options for other thirteen aircraft. According to estimates by the carrier based in Tel Aviv, the first plane should arrive mid 2017.
David Maimon, EL AL's ceo, commented: "I'm proud we announce wider fleet renewal plan in EL AL's history. The Board of Directors has approved negotiations with Boeing Company for the purchase and leasing of fifteen planes over the next five years. This step represents a major step forward in the optimisation of our network as well as in passenger service and travel experience. Over the next five years these planes will replace the Boeing 747-400 and 767. The new planes will be used towards medium and long-haul destinations for EL AL (New York, Boston, Toronto, Beijing, Mumbai etc.). The Dreamliner, the most innovative, advanced aircraft in the world, It has many operational advantages including efficiency in fuel consumption and maintenance costs reduced. We will continue our position as a leading carrier and first choice for travel to and from Israel, providing passengers maximum comfort, innovative technology, advanced aircraft and high service levels. I'm sure this step represents an opportunity of great importance for maintaining the high standards that are expected from us and continue the momentum of renewal of EL AL”.
In una nota Boeing ha espresso massima soddisfazione per la decisione di EL AL di continuare una storica partnership tra le due società.
Source: The Flight