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Isreal to ban Boeing 747 planes

A Boeing 747-400 aircraft takes off from a runway at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, Russia. photo by REUTERS

Israel is to ban the use of Boeing 747 and similar aircraft with four engines from next year, as part of efforts to reduce noise and air pollution.

Authorities said airlines have been told that from March 31, 2023 they would not be able to land large airplanes at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv expect with special permission.

Reuters reports that the directive is mainly for cargo aircraft since most, it not all, carriers have stopped using 747 and other four-engine planes on routes to Israel.

Flag carrier El Al has already retired its fleet of 747s and uses twin-engine Boeing 777 and 787 planes on long-haul routes.

Competitors also use those Boeing planes or comparable Airbus ones to Ben Gurion, although the 747s are still used by some for cargo.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu