Israel’s new Boeing 767-300ER Head-of-State aircraft has conducted its main flight from the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Nov. 3.
According to the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), all key systems operated successfully during the four-and-a-half-hour flight. The first flight was initially scheduled on Oct. 27 but a brake malfunction during an engine test led to the postponement.
The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, with registration no. 4X-ISR, will be used by the prime minister and the president for official visits abroad. Further tests and flights will be conducted before the scheduled delivery later this year.
The aircraft previously served Australian carrier Qantas for 20 years. It arrived in Israel in 2016 and was retrofitted by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The Israeli government has so far approved NIS 729 million ($206 million) for the purchasing and retrofitting of the plane.
The jet is equipped with sophisticated and encrypted communication systems, that enables secure communications with the ground, and advanced missile defense system. It will be capable of flying non-stop to China and Japan in the East or the United States and Brazil in the West.
According to IAI, the aircraft “meets all the complex security and safety requirements as dictated by the nature of its mission.”