Shalom Aviationtag El Al!
In April 1994, the Boeing 747-400 with the Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 26055 was delivered to the Israeli airline El Al Israel Airlines. With the registration 4X-ELA and christened “Tel Aviv-Jaffa”, the machine went to London, Paris, New York and Bangkok, among other places, for over 26 years. Most recently, the 403 seats were divided into First and Business Class as well as Premium Economy and Economy.
In November 2019, the 4X-ELA was phased out as the penultimate Boeing 747 in scheduled passenger service from El Al and has been waiting in Tel Aviv for recycling ever since. “Tel Aviv-Jaffa” is the first official Aviationtag cooperation with El Al, and they are happy to welcome the carrier as an exclusive license partner to the family!
Order it now, and don’t forget the cover!
Please be advised: Owning an Aviationtag, is owning a piece of history. During the airplane’s long life, the skin has developed some unique properties which make each tag different. Depending on the aircraft and what part it’s manufactured from, tags may show differences in material, color, thickness, and finish. For example, small scratches and flaking paint are perfectly normal, and these imperfections reflect on the long history of the aircraft. They give the tag its unique look and make it an excellent aviation collectible!
History of the Boeing 747
The “Queen of the skies”, the iconic Boeing 747, was designed by Joe Sutter and his team in just 29 months. The wide body jetliner made its first flight on February 9, 1969, and it was put into service on January 22, 1970, with Pan Am.
The massive long haul aircraft, could have a wingspan of up to 68.4 m and a maximum range of 7,730 nm (14,316 km), depending on the variant. The so called “Jumbo jet” reached cruising speeds of mach 0.855 (933 km/h).
Sadly, the Coronavirus hit the Airline industry hard, and many retired their 747’s early in search for more efficient newer models. Boeing announced in 2020 it will end production. The last models are planned to roll of the production line in 2022. However, the 747 will keep flying for many more years, mostly as a freighter.