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PICTURE: First El Al 787 arrives in Tel Aviv

Israeli flag-carrier El Al's first Boeing 787 has arrived at the airline's main base at Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion airport.

The Rolls-Royce Trent-powered aircraft, a 787-9 variant (4X-EDA), touched down at around 10:20 on 23 August following a delivery flight from Boeing's plant in Seattle, according to the Israeli civil aviation authority.

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It had operated as flight LY1789 and landed on runway 12.

El Al is taking 16 787s to replace its Boeing 747-400 and 767-300 fleets.

It intends to open services with the type initially to Europe before deploying the aircraft on long-haul routes to North America and Asia in October.

El Al's aircraft are equipped with a Panasonic in-flight entertainment system and the airline plans to introduce high-speed Internet access through the ViaSat product next year.

Boeing expects the 787 will almost halve fuel burn for El Al on its Tel Aviv-New York JFK route, compared with the 747.

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