El Al retires last 757-200, awaits 737-900ERs next year

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El Al has retired the last of 11 Boeing 757-200s acquired almost 20 years ago as the Tel Aviv-based carrier re-fleets with 737-900ERs.

"While the 757 will be missed, its retirement from El Al is in line with the airline's policy of rejuvenating and reducing the number of fleets in operation," the carrier says in a statement.

A photo posted on El Al's Facebook page identifies the last aircraft with tail number 4X-EBV. That aircraft was delivered in 1993 and accumulated more than 47,600 flying hours, according to the Flightglobal Pro online database.

El Al is expecting to add six 737-900ERs to the fleet next year.