Private Israeli airline Aeroel Airways is expanding operations with its first jet aircraft.

The seven-year-old Tel Aviv- based carrier has purchased two Boeing 737-200Advs from El Al for a combined cost of $13 million. The first aircraft will enter service with Aeroel before the end of July, with the second aircraft being delivered in October.

The two 737s have been acquired to enable the carrier to launch charter flights. Aeroel president Michael Weinstien says that the 737s will be used on charter flights to points in the Middle East and Europe. Destinations are expected to include Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

They will be operated alongside the existing Grumman Gulfstream Is and two Bombardier Dash 8-300s, which it flies on charters to Middle Eastern destinations.

Source: Flight International