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An El Al 737-800 in Brussels (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

The Saga of El Al, Air India, and Saudi Arabian Airspace

The Backstory On Thursday, March 22, an Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, bound for Tel Aviv, Israel. The flight – Air India flight 139 – took off to the South, avoiding Pakistani airspace in an ever-contentious region of the nation's skies, before continuing east over the Arabian sea before finally making landfall over eastern Oman. Not even an hour later, the flight, up to this point just a run-of-the-mill inaugural flight,…