MIAMI —Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines have confirmed today an order for up to nine 787s, confirming the prior announcement of the airline  of buying and leasing up to 15 Dreamliners.The list price value of the new orders from Boeing is about $2.2 billion.

The aircraft will be used to replace and grow El Al’s long-haul fleet, comprised by seven 747s, seven 767s and six 777s. “Our agreement to purchase 787 Dreamliners is a significant step forward in the optimization of our route network, enhancing passenger service and the overall flight experience,” said David Maimon, President and Chief Executive Officer, EL AL.

Although it was not disclosed the 787 variant ordered or the expected delivery dates, the carrier announced that has selected the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines to power the aircraft, showing interest to include in the package the TotalCare long-term engine service support.

“We have selected Rolls-Royce after thorough evaluation of our engine choices. We look forward to continue working with Rolls-Royce as we make this important step forward in our fleet development strategy.” Maimon commented.

EL AL order also includes the lease of six 787s from independent leasing companies. According to a statement. “the Israeli-flag carrier looks to replace and grow its existing long-haul fleet, increasing capacity and providing greater route flexibility to and from its hub at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner commented “The Dreamliner is a perfect fit for EL AL’s medium to long haul routes. The addition of 787s to the EL AL fleet will enable it to grow its route structure, while providing more range and capacity.”