EL AL CEO Elyezer Shkedy said today: “As part of its ongoing policy to rejuvenate its fleet, EL AL decided to retire its old Boeing 767 and 757 planes, which served the airline and its passengers for many years, and to offer its customers in Israel and worldwide more modern aircraft. To this end, the airline recently purchased four Boeing 737-900 planes which will soon join the EL AL fleet.”
After 27 years of operation and 95,000 flight hours, EL AL’s oldest 767 airplane was retired this week.
EL AL received the aircraft on March 27, 1984. Two days later, on March 29, 1984, the plane performed a direct, nonstop flight from Montreal to Tel Aviv, setting the world record on its first commercial flight for a two-engine aircraft crossing the Atlantic.
Since then, the plane has operated on EL AL's routes to North America, South Africa and the Far East.
Over the years, EL AL has proven the 767’s capabilities on long-range flights, contributing to its standing as the most popular aircraft in use over the Atlantic Ocean.