COLlive and Israel National News
El Al’s first Dreamliner plane, a Boeing 787-9, landed on Wednesday morning at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, after a 14-hour flight from Boeing’s Everett, Washington, factory.
Greeting the new plane were thousands of people, including government ministers, Knesset members, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
Before the plane took off to Israel, El Al officials held a special ceremony at the Boeing Field airport in the Seattle, Washington area. Rabbi Berry and Nechama Farkash, directors of Chabad of the Central Cascades in Issaquah, WA, were among the guests.
Rabbi Farkash recited a prayer at the event and held out a charity box for the people present to give a few coins for the safety of the travelers.
He said it was an honor for him to head a group of lay leaders from his Chabad center that represents the Jewish-Israeli community.
The Dreamliner will begin flying to Europe in September. In October, it will gradually begin flying long-haul to North America and the Far East.