Israeli national carrier El Al has finalized a follow-on order for two Boeing 737-900ERs, adding to its previous order for four of the type in March 2011.
Boeing values El Al’s latest order for two Boeing 737-900ERs at approximately $179.2 million at current list prices.
“These additional airplanes will help us expand our fleet to meet the growing demand from our customers and to serve the growing markets in our network,” says Elyezer Shkedy, chief executive officer of El Al.
In terms of Boeing’s product line (but not in terms of range and overall seating capacity), the Boeing 737-900ER replaces the larger, single-aisle Boeing 757, which ceased production in 2004.
The 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 kilometers).
Unlike the 737-900ER, the larger and more powerful Boeing 757 offers transatlantic range – American Airlines and United Airlines operate many of their transatlantic routes between the U.S. East Coast and Europe with 757s, as well as many routes to South America – and seats up to approximately 230 passengers in single-class configuration.
El Al’s 737-900ERs will feature the Boeing Sky Interior. The 737 Boeing Sky Interior features new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.
Tel Aviv-based El Al operates an all-Boeing fleet of nearly 40 aircraft and serves more than 30 destinations worldwide.