El Al Buys Passenger Planes in U.s.; Replaces Craft Downed in Bulgaria

El Al-Israel National Airlines has purchased two new four-engine Constellation passenger planes, it was announced here today by Dr. Abraham Rivkind, general director of the company. The two ships, purchased in the United States, cost $1,650,000.

One of the aircraft will replace the Constellation shot down by the Bulgarian fighters last July and the second will be used to expand the airline’s service. Dr. Rivkind noted that of the 63,000 tourists who entered Israel in the first nine months of this year, 40 percent came by El Al planes.

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