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Boeing lands $180-million order from El Al

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
August 2, 2012 2:45 pm

Israeli airline El Al has added two Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to its existing order of four of the Renton-built planes, Boeing announced today.

At list prices, the two aircraft are worth a total of $179.2 million. The 737-900ER is the largest in Boeing’s Next Generation series of 737 single-aisle aircraft. The 737 is the world’s best-selling jetliner with more than 10,000 ordered.

“The Next-Generation 737 family already forms the backbone of EL AL’s short and medium-haul operations, which will be greatly enhanced in terms of route flexibility, improved efficiency and passenger comfort with the introduction of the 737-900ER,” said Todd Nelp, vice-president of European Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The Next-Generation 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 3,700 miles.

“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,” said Elyezer Shkedy, Chief Executive Officer, EL AL.

EL AL’s 737-900ERs will also 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.

EL AL operates a fleet of nearly 40 Boeing airplanes and serves more than 30 destinations worldwide.

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