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Israel Airline Signs Contract for Three New Passenger Planes

El Al-Israel National Airlines signed a contract here today for the purchase of three huge passenger aircraft for use on the line’s Tel Aviv to New York, Tel Aviv to London and Tel Aviv to Johannesburg routes.

The new 93-passenger planes will be Bristol Britannia turboprop craft of the new “Whispering Giant” model, so nick-named because of their relatively quiet operation. The planes, scheduled for delivery in the spring of 1957, will cut flying time between Tel Aviv and New York from the present 18-20 hours to 12-13 hours. Similar time savings will be made on other routes.