Airbus, El Al in talks over 767 replacement

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Israeli carrier El Al, a longtime Boeing stalwart, is again evaluating the possible introduction of Airbus aircraft into its fleet.

Management at the carrier have met with Airbus representatives several times over recent weeks, with replacement of the airline's 10 Boeing 767s under discussion.

El Al sources say that one potential deal would see the airline lease between two and four A330s directly from Airbus, with an obligation to purchase a number of A350s at a later date.

Airbus has been trying for years to break Boeing's stranglehold on El Al's fleet, but has failed, largely due to political pressure from the USA.

An El Al spokesman declined to be drawn on the content of the discussions, but says "in our talks with Airbus no specific proposals were on the table".