TEL AVIV, June 11 (Reuters) -
* El Al Israel Airlines said on Sunday the first
of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners it ordered for $1.25 billion will
arrive in August.
* Starting in September the plane will fly to Europe and at
the end of October it will fly to North America and Asia.
* The Dreamliners will gradually join El Al's all-Boeing
fleet until 2020, replacing the airline's aging 747-400s and
* Boeing said the planes, with 282 seats, will save
El Al up to 47 percent in fuel costs on its direct flights
between Tel Aviv and New York in comparison with the 747s it now
* "These planes are in addition to the new 737-900s
purchased by the company, which are already operating on routes
to Europe and are rejuvenating El Al's fleet," the airline's
chief executive David Maimon said.
(Reporting by Tova Cohen, Editing by Ari Rabinovitch)