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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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Missile defence system launched in unpredictable market

It’s, without any doubt, an historic event. The question is whether it will have wide or very limited effects. Thirteen years after terrorists launched SA-7 shoulder-launched missiles at an Israeli 757 in Kenya, missing their target, the first countermeasures system has been installed on an Israeli passenger aircraft. The process was slow. Technology and bureaucracy […]

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Israeli airlines must be smart and benefit from Open Skies deal

The approach taken by Israeli airlines towards the Open Skies agreement with Europe was a big mistake.  The agreement was signed in Luxembourg a few days ago and now the implementation begins.  The big question is whether the three Israeli airlines – EL AL, Arkia and Israir – will whine every time a European airline […]

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El Al offers poor defence of first-quarter results

When a company makes silly mistakes it sometimes uses silly excuses for its losses. That’s exactly what Israeli airline El Al did on Monday. The poor first-quarter 2013 results were followed by excuses. Blaming the results on the effects of the Pillar of Defense military operation in Gaza last November is a bad joke. With […]

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High-altitude double (bed) mistake

Take the inability of the Israeli government to take some decisions, add the lack of sensitivity of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu – and the harsh new steps taken only last week to fill the hole in the country’s budget – and you get a scandal that rocked the countryThis is exactly what happened when Netanyahu […]

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The strike is over, the agreement is in effect – now reality bites

The Israeli airlines that went on strike on Sunday after the Open Skies agreement with the EU was ratified used a very ‘rusty ladder’ to climb down from their high horse.This was the most unjustified strike in the history of Israeli aviation. It left thousands of passengers of EL AL, Arkia and Israir stranded in […]

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Israel-EU Open Skies Agreement approved but passengers left stranded

The prospect of a government not fulfilling a signed agreement tipped the scale. The Israeli cabinet ratified the Open Skies Agreement with the EU on Sunday. A few hours prior to the cabinet vote, workers from three Israeli airlines – El Al, Arkia and Israir Airlines – began a strike and thousands of passengers were […]

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