El Al wants to buy up to 28 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, of which 15 will be purchased first and the remainder 13 will be options, Boeing announced on 5 August 2015.
The flag carrier of Israel currently flies a all-Boeing fleet of 37 aircraft, consisting of eighteen Boeing 737s (2x -700, 11x -800, 5x -900), seven Boeing 747-400s, six Boeing 767-300s and six 777-200s.
The Dreamliners are likely to replace most of the fleet, apart from the 737s, with the Boeing 767 being freed up to a possible conversion to in-flight refuelling aircraft by the Israeli Air Force. The military has expressed renewed interest in this tanker solution offered by Israel Aerospace Industries now that Boeing is delayed with its KC-46A tanker program for the US Air Force.
Seven Boeing KC-707 “Saknai” currently provide the Israeli Air Force with tanker capability needed for f. ex. air strikes on long distances. They are getting old and need replacement.
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Featured image (top): Roll out of the first 787-900 Dreamliner in August 2013. (Image © Boeing)