|Quoting kl911 (Reply 1):|
Not to start A vs B, but isnt the A321NEO considered the most logical 757 replacement? And now they take 739's, why no MAX?
The A321 is a little larger than the 739, so if they are looking for one to one capacity match, the A321 is a bit better. However the capacity is close, so the difference isn't that significant. To the casual observer the A321 looks more like the 757 due to aircraft height and exit configuration, but in reality, the 739ER makes a good replacement too.
The 739ER has adequate range to cover all of El Al's routes to Europe. The extra range is not necessary. Also, El Al has already ordered their 739ERs and intends to replace the 757s before the MAX is available. They intend to take delivery 2013-2016.
The A320 series can be equipped for ETOPS 180.
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