El Al receives first 737-900ER

Source: Flightglobal.com
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Israeli carrier El Al has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-900ER, one of six ordered by the airline.

El Al agreed to take four of the type in 2011 and firmed orders for another pair last year.

The CFM International CFM56-powered aircraft is configured with 172 seats.

El Al chief Elyezer Shkedy says the purchase "marks the high point" the carrier's fleet renewal efforts. "This positions El Al at the forefront of international aviation technology," he says.

He adds that the airline is investing in new economy-class seats and a "sophisticated entertainment system" to be launched "in the coming months".

El Al already operates Boeing 737-700 and -800 twinjets. It is taking the -900ERs to replace Boeing 757-200s.