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As financial difficulties pile up and union tensions increase, El Al Israel Airlines has suspended all operations indefinitely. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Israeli Parliament Passes Bill to Save El Al from $400 Million Lawsuit

Customers have taken up a class action lawsuit against El Al Israel Airlines at the Central District Court over its actions to refund customers whose flights have been canceled due to pandemic-related restrictions, the airline announced in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on 12 July. Israel’s flag carrier airline owes its customers a total of approximately $400 million. It is alleged that the company has not compensated its customers for canceled flights within the time limit set by the…

El Al Israel Airlines Agrees to Taking Government Assistance

Just days after announcing they would be indefinitely suspending all operations, El Al Israel Airlines agreed to become nationalized. This development is part of a plan regarding a bailout for the airline that has had significant financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Israel-based carrier and its controlling shareholder…

El Al Suspends Operations Indefinitely

El Al Israel Airlines has canceled all flights and suspended operations indefinitely. All flights, including passenger and cargo services, have been stopped. The announcement comes as the carrier reported massive losses over the first half of 2020 and after the airline’s pilots refused to fly amid a labor crisis. El…

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…

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,…