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Sun sets over Sundor – the end of a virtual airline

The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority will not allow the operation of “virtual airlines”. This decision actually puts the lid on Sundor, the charter subsidiary of El Al. This places El Al in a very awkward position. It has lost its charter operation that could fly on the Jewish Sabbath. And the open skies agreement with […]

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The bad option to cancel an option – the EL AL Boeing 787s

By ARIE EGOZI Long-term planning is important to every industry, but it is crucial in air transport. The time between ordering new aircraft and delivery is long and can cause an airline many problems if not taken into account.When Israeli airline EL AL cancelled options for 10 Boeing 787s in 2006 many eyebrows were raised. The […]

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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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EL AL losses and the built-in problems

It is very convenient for EL AL, the Israeli airline, to blame high fuel prices for its losses in the second quarter, but this is only one reason – the others are “built in”. The strange thing is that no real effort is being made to change the situation. El AL reported a loss of […]

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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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El Al 777 landing gear failure – the investigation continues

The investigation of the cause of the El Al 777 emergency landing in May enters its final phase. Experts from the FAA, NTSB and Boeing, including metallurgic engineers, are expected this week at the MRO centre in Singapore that overhauled the landing gear that failed. “We hope that after this phase of the investigation, we […]

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The El Al Boeing 777 landing gear failure – first indications

Preliminary findings from the investigation into the emergency landing of an El Al Boeing 777 last month raise the possibility that the failure of one of the main landing gear was caused by the overhaul of the unit in an MRO centre in Singapore.Yitzhak Raz, chief accident investigator at the Israeli ministry of transport, said […]

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EL AL trying to compensate itself in the face of harsh reality

The Israeli airline EL AL is operating in “unconventional” conditions and is trying to balance these with new commercial initiatives. The latest one is a plan to form a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation in the fast-growing Chinese market. Knafaim Holdings, which has the major stake in EL AL, is evaluating the establishment of […]

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Virtual airline – real problems

The fact that EL AL does not fly on the Jewish Shabbat has created over the years a “virtual reality” that can be only the result of a twisted political compromise that enables the religious parties in Israel to be part of any coalition. Sundor, the virtual subsidiary of EL AL, was formed to operate […]

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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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