El Al Israel Airlines has taken delivery of the first of six Boeing 737-900ER single-aisle jets it has on order.
Israel’s flag carrier operates an all-Boeing fleet of nearly 40 aircraft, including 737-700s, 737-800s, 747-400s, a 747-400F, 767-300ERs and 777-200ERs and serves 30 destinations worldwide. El Al Israel Airlines also has two Boeing 787-8s on order.
“The purchase of the Boeing 737-900ER aircraft marks the high point of El Al’s re-equipping and fleet renewal impetus,” says Elyezer Shkedy, president and chief executive officer of El Al. “This positions El Al at the forefront of international aviation technology, further elevating El Al’s in-flight experience.”
Adds Shkedy: “Our investment in the new modern Economy Class seats and in a sophisticated entertainment system, [which] will be launched in the coming months, is in line with the target we set for ourselves ‒ to provide the best product and most advanced service for passengers and thus retain El Al’s status as the most preferred airline for flights to and from Israel.”
The Boeing 737-900ER is the newest member of the Boeing 737NG family. It has the highest capacity and lowest seat-mile cost of Boeing’s single-aisle family and Boeing says it will fit perfectly into El Al’s existing short-haul and medium-haul fleet of 737-700s and 737-800s.
El Al’s first Boeing 737-900ER will be its first aircraft to feature the new Boeing Sky Interior.
“The 737-900ER will enable El Al to greatly expand its operations across Europe, while offering its passengers the superior passenger comfort of the Boeing Sky Interior,” says Todd Nelp, vice president of sales for Europe for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Each of El Al’s 737-900ERs will seat 172 passengers, with all passengers having access to in-seat power sockets for their laptops and USB connections.