As of March 31, 2023, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) will be banning four-engine planes from operating to & from Israel. Popular planes with four engines include the Airbus A340, Airbus A380, and Boeing 747.
Currently, no airlines fly four-engine planes to Israel, though there are occasionally cargo flights operated by such planes. EL AL used to fly Boeing 747s, but retired those in 2019. It’s stated that this ban is being implemented over environmental, noise, and sustainability concerns.
With the ban in place, the four-engined planes will solely be capable of functioning to or from Israel in distinctive circumstances, and particular permission will be obtained upfront from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV).
Whereas particulars of what exceptions will likely be allowed stay scarce, an emergency touchdown or authorities plane (similar to Air Force One) would presumably be granted permission.
“The rise in passenger and plane visitors at Ben Gurion Airport is an environmental problem. I intend to guide the Airports Authority and Ben Gurion Airport not solely within the fields of digitization but in addition to guide the setting and sustainability on the earth of aviation, stopping the touchdown of 4-engine planes at Ben Gurion Airport is one step and step one in a broader plan that’s at the moment being formulated.”Hagai Topolansky, Director Common of the Israel Airports Authority.
Planes with 4 engines are usually not at all times much less environmentally pleasant than their twin-engined counterparts. For instance, because of its giant passenger capability, the Airbus A380 has a decrease in gas burn per passenger than many twin-engined planes.
Having 4 engines doesn’t essentially imply that the plane is noisier – superior expertise implies that the engines on the trendy plane such because the Airbus A380 will be quieter than those on the older, twin-engined plane.
The IAA has already contacted airways to advise them of the upcoming ban. Nonetheless, there are at the moment no scheduled business flights into Israel utilizing the Airbus A340, Airbus A380, or Boeing 747.
Before now, El Al was among the many carriers working four-engined passenger planes into Tel Aviv, flying repeatedly to locations similar to New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).
The Israeli flag provider retired its Boeing 747-400s shortly earlier than the pandemic. Delta Air Strains additionally flew into Tel Aviv with its Boeing 747-400s, earlier than retiring the sort in December 2017.