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PICTURES: El Al brings its 767 era to a close

Israeli flag-carrier El Al has formally withdrawn the Boeing 767 from its fleet, following a final service from Milan to Tel Aviv.

The 767-300ER twinjet (4X-EAJ) operated the last flight, LY382, on 3 February.

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El Al says it has used different variants of the 767 for 36 years, following introduction of -200s in 1983, and that the type has logged over 100,000 flights with the airline.

The carrier has been introducing Boeing 787s to replace the 767. It has eight 787-9s in its fleet.

Chief executive Gonen Usishkin, who opted to accelerate the withdrawal of the 767s, says the aircraft has featured in some high-profile roles for the carrier, including transport of the country’s prime ministers.

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It enabled El Al to become the first airline to operate a twin-engined aircraft on a transatlantic commercial service.

El Al adds that 767s participated in the ‘Operation Solomon’ airlift from Ethiopia in 1991, the exercise in which one of the carrier’s Boeing 747s transported a record official load of 1,088 passengers during a single flight.

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