El Al Israel Airlines has retired its last Boeing 767-300ER, 36 years after the widebody aircraft entered service.

The Israeli flag carrier operated 13 767s, six 767-200s and seven larger -300s. The aircraft type has been used on both long-haul routes, to destinations such as Toronto or Hong Kong, and shorter sectors to European destinations since 1983.

El Al said the airline set a world record in 1984, becoming the first carrier to operate a two-engine jet on a schedule service crossing the Atlantic.

The aircraft’s final commercial service in El Al colors was from Milan Malpensa, Italy, to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, which was completed Feb. 4.

The 767 will be replaced by the 787. El Al has 16 787s on order, in a mix of -8 and -9 models, from either lessors or direct-ordered from the US manufacturer.

The airline is also using the 787 to replace its fleet of aging 747-400s. Eight 787s are in service, and the carrier expects eight more by 2020.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at