El Al plane named Sderot

A new El Al plane will be named after an Israeli town targeted by Palestinian rocketeers.

Israel’s biggest national carrier announced this week that it will receive the first of two new Boeing 777-200s in July and name it Sderot.

According to media reports, children from the southern town, which regularly suffers rocket salvoes from nearby Gaza, could be invited on the plane’s maiden flight from New York to Tel Aviv.

The second of the $125 million planes is expected to arrive in Israel by year’s end and may be named Kiryat Shemona after a northern town that was heavily shelled by Hezbollah guerrillas during last year’s Lebanon war. Most of El Al’s fleet is named after Israeli cities.

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