Flag carrier airline EL AL Israel Airlines (EL AL) reported its latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivery on 7 August, after a direct flight from Boeing’s HQ powered by 30% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). 

The 15-hour flight from Seattle’s King County International Airport-Boeing Field to Tel Aviv was the first EL AL flight to use SAF. 

In June, EL AL signed up for the IATA Environmental Assessment Programme. The delivery of the new Dreamliner aircraft and the partially SAF-fuelled flight is part of the airline’s renewal and development of its fleet for the challenges of this decade. 

EL AL CEO Dina Ben Tal Ganancia said: “The historic arrival of our first jet using SAF marks another important milestone in our strategic plan – expanding and renewing our fleet and strengthening our commitment to sustainability.

“We are grateful to Boeing for our long-term partnership, which has helped us provide our customers with the safest and most enjoyable travel experience.” 

EL AL’s fleet now includes four Dreamliners, which fly to global long-haul destinations from Tel Aviv to Europe, North America, and East Asia. 

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Financing for the new addition to the fleet was arranged by New York-based ABL Aviation.