Israel’s civil aircraft are much older than those of other countries, according to the Israel Civil Aviation Authority.
Older aircraft use more fuel, which costs the airlines more money and damages the environment, according to the authority’s new report, reported in the business publication Globes.
The average age of Israel’s aircraft is 15 years, broken down to 13 years for passenger aircraft and 28 years for cargo aircraft. The average age of airplanes flying to Israel from other countries is 11 years, with European planes newer than those from the United States.
Israeli airlines have committed to spending more than $2 billion for new airplanes in the coming years. El Al will spend $1.5 billion, Israir $300 million and Arkia $400 million, Globes reported.