El Al has announced details of its forthcoming Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, as part of a self-proclaimed “New Path”.
The Israeli carrier will take delivery of the first of 16 new B787s in August, with the aircraft being rostered onto flights to Europe at the end of October, before being “gradually integrated into EL AL’s long-haul destinations in North America and the Far East”.
Features of the Dreamliner will include a new business class seat from Recaro (converting into a two-metre long fully-flat bed), and a brand new premium economy cabin with 38 inches of legroom.
Economy will be configured 3-3-3, with a total of 222 seats offering 31 inches of legroom and five inches of recline (except for 15 seats which will have 30 inches of legroom).
IFE will be provided by Panasonic, and “high-speed internet” will be launched on B787 aircraft in 2018.
The carrier’s Dreamliners will gradually replace El Al’s existing B747-400 and B767-300 aircraft between now and 2020.
Commenting on the launch David Maimon , President and CEO of El Al said:
“I am proud to announce that following a year and a half of major preparations by all of us at El Al in anticipation of the new Dreamliner’s arrival, El Al is embarking on new era.
“The expected arrival of the new 787 aircraft will be the peak of El Al`s renewal momentum, creating a revolution in customer experience across all flight interfaces.
“We continue to implement El Al’s vision – to lead the aviation market in Israel and to be the first choice airline for all customers traveling to and from Israel, while providing quality and uncompromising service for the benefit of our customers.”
The carrier has created a dedicated section on its website here, with more information on El Al’s Dreamliner aircraft.