El Al Cancels Boeing 777 Order

April 30, 2010

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Israel's El Al said on Thursday it is cancelling its order with Boeing for four 777-200 jets.

"Since the agreement with Boeing was signed in 2008 and the global crisis occurred in world markets there have been substantial changes in the aviation sector," El Al chief executive Eliezer Shkedi said.

The airline also said its advance payment for the planes, which it did not disclose, would be credited toward future purchases of aircraft.

El Al owns 28 aircraft and leases 10, all Boeing.

In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company posted a net loss of USD$29 million, compared with a loss of USD$10.1 million a year earlier as revenue fell 11 percent to USD$413.7 million.