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EL AL has another try at low-cost flights

EL AL finally understood that the market has changed and will change at a much faster pace. The Israeli airline will operate five Boeing 737/800 aircraft on low-cost flights. Budapest, Berlin and Prague will be among the first destinations to be served and later others such as Cyprus and Greece will be added. The main […]

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The new approach path to Eilat airport, the clash and the result

The saga is coming to an end. EL AL will stop flying to Eilat, the resort town on the Red Sea, after clashing with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The dispute began when the president of EL AL decided to cancel the airline’s daytime flights from Ben Gurion airport to Eilat, in southern Israel. […]

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Ben Gurion airport – new hangar, new competition

An international tender issued by the Israeli Airports Authority will change the maintenance business at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. The tender, issued on a design, build, operate, transfer basis, will create a new maintenance centre at Israel’s main international airport. At the moment, maintenance at Ben Gurion is carried out by Israeli flag […]

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EL AL – if at first you don’t succeed…

As expected, EL AL has failed to create the basis for a much-needed money injection. Negotiations with a potential investor were cancelled last week. First Israel Mezzanine Investors Fund (FIMI) cancelled its planned $75 million investment in the airline after its management failed to reach an collective labour contract with employees of all the airline’s sectors. […]

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The new approach pattern to Eilat airport – now it’s war

The saga is not finished. There is now open war between EL AL and the Israeli civil aviation authority (CAA). This war was officially declared last week, when the CAA refused to give EL AL another waiver and demanded that with immediate effect, landing at Eilat airport will use a new visual approach pattern. The […]

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New York trip reignites Israeli Air Force One debate

The issue pops up almost every time the Israeli prime minister plans a long flight. After getting quotations from an airline someone in the prime minister’s office understands the problem and again initiates another evaluation of the question, “Is it right to purchase an Air Force One-type aircraft that will fly the leader to visits […]

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EL AL’s surprise move fuels clash between senior figures

It is a very strange situation. The president of EL AL decided to cancel the airline’s daytime flights from Ben Gurion airport to Eilat in southern Israel. He claimed that the new visual direct final approach pattern was not safe. The new pattern, a result of “security considerations”, was announced by Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority […]

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Turkey and Israel – a high altitude crisis

Tense relations between Turkey and Israel have taken to the skies. While Turkish airlines continue to operate some 100 flights a week to Israel, Israeli flights to Turkey have been suspended because the Turkish authorities have refused to allow Israel security personnel to perform the security checks on passengers boarding flights to Israel. In this […]

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Time running out for EL AL investment plan

Time is running out for Israeli airline EL AL. While there is no real progress in the negotiations with the airline’s workers unions, potential investors are showing signs of impatience. First Israel Mezzanine Investors Fund (FIMI) has given EL AL Israel Airlines extra time to reach an agreement with its employees. This agreement, which according […]

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Union negotiations are crucial stage for EL AL

These are crucial days for Israeli airline EL AL. The management is negotiating a new agreement with the workers’ union.  The new agreement has one major role – reducing the number of employees significantly, cutting $22.5 million from the annual payroll. The agreement will open the way for a restructuring of the shareholders and that, […]

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