El Al Israel Airlines said Monday that it would be leasing a new Boeing 737-800 airplane in the 2006 winter season, bringing its total fleet to 34 planes.
The company said that it will also add 13 weekly flights to its schedule to take effect from winter next year, two flights to New York, four to Moscow, three to Paris, two to Madrid and two flights to Berlin.
The company said that the additions are part of its strategy to renew and expand its fleet, and that it was considering additional leasing agreements and routes for winter 2006. El Al CEO Haim Romano said that the new aircraft will be used mainly on daily flights to Europe. On a typical two-class configuration which El Al said it will use, the B737-800 seats 162 passengers.
El Al did not say who it would be leasing the plane from.
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