Boeing and EL AL, the Israeli flag-carrier, celebrated a major milestone today with the delivery of the airline’s 50th airplane purchased from Boeing, a Next-Generation 737-900ER.
The delivery is the fifth 737-900ER for the airline following an order placed for eight between 2011 and 2013. Since taking delivery in 1961 of its first new Boeing airplane, a 707-420, EL AL’s fleet has expanded to include an all-Boeing fleet consisting of 21 737s, seven 747s, six 767s and six 777s.
“Boeing has played a pivotal role in the growth of EL AL,” said David Maimon, President and Chief Executive Officer, EL AL. “This milestone of having taken delivery of 50 new Boeing aircraft also represents EL AL’s commitment to our customers to provide the highest quality product and services.”
“Boeing attaches great importance to its relationship with EL AL, which has endured for more than fifty years,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of Sales for Europe, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to continuing this partnership and playing a role in EL AL’s future.”
The Next-Generation 737-900ER can seat up to 215 passengers in a single-class configuration and has a range of up to 3,235 nautical miles (5,990 km). It features the innovative Boeing Sky Interior featuring new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.