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Redundant employees only part of the burden on El Al’s wings

Some good fuel hedging agreements may result in a small profit for El Al at the end of this year, but this will not change the Israeli airline’s core problem – about 1,000 redundant employees.   The 6,000+ employees of El Al are the heavy weight that is worsening the airline’s situation to a point where it […]

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The “side effects” of terror – flying near the Sinai desert

The threat of terror is putting the airline industry under pressure without even performing a hostile act. The security apparatus that surrounds the industry worldwide has an enormous price tag. Now, the potential threat may force two Israeli airlines to phase out a certain type of aircraft used on domestic flights.This is the situation – […]

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Israeli aviation security measures – some countries will not cooperate

This has happened in the past in other parts of the world, but in recent years the focus has become Scandinavia. The Scandinavian authorities are reluctant to allow Israeli airlines to use the “special security” measures that are part of every flight from any point in the world to Israel, performed by an Israeli airline.This […]

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Agreement with the EU is a fact – how will El Al adjust?

The result was expected but the process was faster than I forecast.   In spite of opposition from the Israeli airlines, especially El Al, at the end of last week the Israeli government and the EU finalised negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement.   This will gradually open up and integrate the respective markets.   […]

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Effects of the aviation agreement between Israel and Europe

There is no reason why a small country such as Israel should have three international airlines that compete with each other and with dozens of foreign carriers flying regular and charter flights to the country.The strange situation is a result of wrong decisions by the managements and by the Israeli antitrust commissioner. This government official […]

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Protecting the passenger aircraft – the process begins

Passenger aircraft were not designed to carry countermeasures. However, the world has changed and these aircraft are easy targets for terrorists with shoulder-launched missiles.   Israel will become the first country to impose rules on the installation of such countermeasures on the fleet of the country’s airlines.   However, this is already creating problems and […]

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EL AL’s unique built-in problems on the way to profitability

EL AL is in a desperate race to go back to profitability. The Israeli airline could make money – a lot of money – but it has some built-in problems that have not been solved, despite the fact that some could be solved relatively easy.So far, EL AL failed in all its efforts to join […]

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Israel’s aviation security authority – a good idea foiled

 By ARIE EGOZI When politicians are involved in choosing an alternative we should always expect the wrong selection. And often, when a politician makes the right one,  another comes along  and prevents its implementation. This is exactly what happened recently in what seemed to be a revolution concerning the security of the Israeli commercial aviation.The plan […]

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Israeli aviation security abroad – no compromise

 By ARIE EGOZIThere is growing concern in Israel about the refusal of certain countries in Europe and Scandinavia to allow Israeli securitystaff to  perform checks on air passengers heading to Israel.Last week, Denmark told Arkia, the Israeli airline, that it refuses to let Israeli security staff perform independent security checks at Copenhagen airport on the […]

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Splendid isolation in Israeli aviation

Going against the world trend is not possible even in the holy land. While in the real world, airlines merge and unite resources to be more efficient, in Israel three airlines are working hard to survive, each in splendid isolation. EL AL, Arkia and Israir are operating together a fleet of aircraft that normally serves one very […]

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