11 SEPTEMBER 2017
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The first of El Al’s 16 Boeing B787 Dreamliners will showcase tomorrow (Tuesday 12 September) at Heathrow as it makes its debut on the carrier’s Tel Aviv service. VIP visitors will gain access via the airline’s new King David suite in Terminal 4.
Starting this month, the Dreamliner will operate flights to Europe and at the end of October will be gradually integrated into the airline’s long-haul destinations in North America and the Far East. El Al has chosen the Model 9 aircraft with 282 seats including 32 in Business Class, 28 in a brand new Premium product and 222 in Economy. The layout is 1+2+1 flat seat, 2+3+2 and 3+3+3.
Since its introduction in October 2011, the 787 has built up a reputation as ‘the’ aircraft to fly in, on long- and medium-haul routes. With its large windows and sea-level cabin altitude, it is ideal for the 5.5hr Israel route from the UK and should prove to be very restful.
The Dreamliners will be phased-in gradually by 2020 and replace the existing B747-400 and B767-300 fleets. These aircraft will be joining the company's new B737-900 aircraft, which are already operating on short-haul routes to Europe.
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