El Al’s landmark United Arab Emirates service from Tel Aviv has arrived at Abu Dhabi, having conducted the flight through Saudi Arabian airspace.

The Boeing 737-900ER touched down on Abu Dhabi’s runway 13R at about 15:38, having departed Tel Aviv at about 11:22 – a flight time of some 3h 15min.

El Al carried out the 31 August service following the political agreement reached with the UAE centred on normalising diplomatic relations.

It closely followed the route revealed by Israeli airline pilot association Isralpa, entering Saudi airspace shortly before 11:50 and exiting into UAE airspace just after 14:00.

Isralpa says three pilots were on board the aircraft.


Source: Israeli government

UAE, Israeli and US flags mounted at Abu Dhabi airport to mark the occasion