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An El Al 787-9 slows down after arriving at San Antonio International Airport. (Photo: Luke Ayers)

Coordinating Back-to-Back 787 Critical Cargo Flights

It usually takes months, if not years for airlines to gain approval to operate international routes. Between securing the right ground service equipment at the airport to coordinating with the respective governments, there are many boxes that need to be checked off before an international flight can take flight. The current COVID-19 crisis, however, has forced governments, airports and airlines to adjust normal procedures in an effort to quickly schedule unusual routes for repatriation flights and critical cargo delivery. As…

El Al Bids Farewell to Long-Standing Boeing 747 Fleet

Israel's flag carrier El Al Israel Airlines has become the latest airline to retire the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, bringing an end to a 48-year association between the aircraft and carrier. To mark the last flight of the 747, registered as 4X-ELC, the flight-crew took off from Rome-Fiumicino and flew back…

El Al Expands U.S. Presence with New Las Vegas Route

El Al, the national airline of Israel, has announced that it will begin seasonal service between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas. The seasonal service will begin on June 14 and will be operated weekly through April. The flight will be the first flight between Las Vegas and the Middle East…

El Al Relaunches Manchester to Tel Aviv route

Israel’s flag carrier airline El Al has announced a new nonstop service from Manchester Airport to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, scheduled to start on May 26, 2019. El Al also serves the route from London’s Heathrow airport but will be the sole full-service airline to operate this route…

El Al Drops Plea Against Air India Flights in Saudi…

Following continued calls from the Israeli High Court to drop its petition, El Al has decided to formally remove its plea against the government to allow Air India to operate its route to Tel Aviv through Saudi airspace. In a statement, the airline said the decision was made following a…

El Al Goes Retro with New 787 Special Livery

El Al’s social media pages on Wednesday showed off the airline’s newest special livery, a retro-themed livery taking passengers back to the 1960s. The airline, founded in September 1948 and as old as the State of Israel itself, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and the special livery is…

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

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,…

El Al Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

El Al, in a lease with Air Lease Corporation, received their first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Wednesday after a 6,746 mile delivery flight from Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The airline is set to receive 16 Dreamliners. "The arrival of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a day of…

El Al Debuts First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner With Full Paint…

El Al's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made its livery debut on Tuesday at Paine Field after a short flight from the paint shop in Portland. The aircraft, 4X-EDA, arrived in Everett, Wash. with a full paint scheme after completing its first flight earlier this month. With a price tag of…