Israel’s El Al is yet to introduce the Boeing 737-800 freighter it had been planning to use from April, owing to a regulatory issue.

The airline signed an agreement in February this year to dry-lease the aircraft which had recently been converted from passenger to cargo configuration.

But El Al says, in its first-quarter statement, that the Israeli civil aviation authority informed the carrier that a “validation procedure” is required for a “major change” that the aircraft underwent following the conversion.

“According to the information given to [El Al], this procedure is expected to last several months,” says the airline.

El Al 737-800-c-Andre Wadman Creative Commons

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El Al is looking to take a 737-800 converted to an all-cargo configuration

El Al had been intending to lease the aircraft for six years from April.

“[We are] working to promote the validation procedure with [the authority] with the assistance of the aircraft manufacturer,” it states.

El Al adds that it has applied for a renewal of rights to transport freight in all-cargo aircraft.

It has been chartering an Airbus A300-600 freighter, and last year extended the agreement to December 2024.