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Israel bans Boeing 747s and 4-engine jets due to pollution concerns

by Babu Patil
Israel bans Boeing 747s and 4-engine jets due to pollution concerns.

The directive is mainly for cargo aircraft. Most carriers have stopped using 747s and other four-engine planes on routes to Israel. Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv will not be able to land large airplanes from 2023. Operation of aircraft with four engines will be allowed in exceptional cases.

In an effort to cut down on noise and air pollution, Israel will ban the Boeing 747 and other four-engine aircraft starting on March 31, 2023.

The authority claims it had informed airlines that, starting with the summer of 2023, they would not be permitted to land large aircraft at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv as part of a broader plan under designed to enhance the local environment.

The directive is mainly for cargo aircraft since most, if not all, carriers have stopped using 747 and other four-engine planes on routes to Israel.

El Al, the country’s flag carrier, has already retired its fleet of 747s and now operates twin-engine Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft on lengthy routes. Competitors also use those Boeing planes or comparable Airbus ones to Ben Gurion, although some still use the 747s for cargo.

In extreme circumstances and only with a special permit, operation of four-engine aircraft will be permitted....

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