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An Emirates 777-300ER lines up on the runway for a test flight at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Emirates to Begin Flights Between UAE and Israel

As relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel continue to improve, Emirates has received approval to launch flights from Dubai to Tel Aviv.  According to reports by Kan News of Israel, the Dubai-based carrier has received approval from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to operate flights between the two cities. Although there has not been official word from the airline, the rumored start date for the route is January 2021. When asked to confirm the new route, an Emirates…

El Al Operates Historic Flight Over Saudi Arabia Following Peace…

El Al Israel Airline Flight 971 departed Tel Aviv bound for Abu Dhabi on Aug. 31, flying over Saudi Arabia for the first time since 1972. The flight was allowed to cross Saudi Arabian airspace that had previously been blocked to all Israeli air traffic. According to the British Broadcasting…

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…

Virgin Atlantic Aims to Bring Style to Israel Travel, Celebrates…

Virgin Atlantic became the latest European airline to enter the Israeli market last month when it launched flights between London and Tel Aviv. Going up against Israeli and British airline giants El Al and British Airways, respectively, the airline began service to the Holy Land on Sept. 25 with once-daily…

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…

Palestinian Airlines: The Homeless Flag Carrier

The term "flag carrier" is often bestowed upon an airline with a strong connection to its homeland. Airlines such as Japan Airlines, Aeromexico and Lufthansa have become staples of their respective countries of Japan, Mexico and Germany and have been given the honor of being flag carriers. However, the State…