Arkia Israel Airlines has requested special permission to fly a 122-passenger aircraft on its Tel Aviv-Eilat route, TheMarker has learned. The plane the company hopes to add to its domestic schedule was purchased at the end of 2008 from the Portuguese aircraft manufacturer Embraer for an estimated $35 million. It has been flying on the airline's international routes, out of Ben-Gurion International Airport, but now Arkia wants to fly it between Tel Aviv's Sde Dov Airport and Eilat International Airport. The airline currently uses aircraft with about half that capacity on its domestic routes. "The matter of operating the Embraer aircraft out of Sde Dov is under review on the professional level, as required, vis-a-vis all the relevant authorities, with the intent of permitting Arkia to operate its new aircraft," the Israel Airports Authority said in response.
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