El Al

Dutch Mark 20th Anniversary Of El Al Amsterdam Crash As Questions Linger

10/14/2012 - 20:00

Chemical weapons, nuclear debris and Mossad agents in biohazard suits all have played prominent roles in the dozens of conspiracy theories surrounding the crash of an El Al airplane here 20 years ago this month.

But Rob Oudkerk, vice chairman of the Dutch parliament’s inquiry into the deadly crash, has studied and dismissed them all.

Crash site in the Biljmer neighborhood in Amsterdam.

N.Y. Rabbi Claims El Al Policies May Violate U.S. Law

10/01/2014 - 20:00

Following the delay of several El Al flights after haredi Orthodox men refused to sit next to women, a New York rabbi and attorney claims that some of the airline’s policies may violate U.S. law.

El Al Faces Uproar Over Haredim’s Refusal To Sit Near Women

09/30/2014 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — For approximately a half hour at the beginning of her El Al Israel Airlines flight last week from New York to Tel Aviv, Elana Sztokman watched as the haredi Orthodox man seated next to her rushed up and down the aisle searching for someone willing to switch seats so he wouldn’t have to sit beside her.

El Al’s Parchment Passenger

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For the last three years, El Al had a new crew — a crew of Torah scribes.

In Israel, the United States and France, sofrim wrote the Hebrew letters and assisted members of the international Jewish community who also wrote letters, in a Torah scroll Israel’s national airline had commissioned. Dedicated last week, in an outdoor ceremony at El Al headquarters in Ben-Gurion Airport, it is the first sefer Torah written expressly for an airline, says Danny Saadon, vice president for North America and Central America.

Photo By Sivan Farag

Open Skies Pact Seen Yielding Benefits

Increase in number of flights from Europe to Israel, lower rates possible; El Al cries foul.
Staff Writer
05/13/2013 - 20:00

The Israeli cabinet’s decision last month to ratify an Open Skies deal with the European Union will relax restrictions and quotas on flights between Israel and the EU.

Israel Increases El Al Security Payments To End Strike Over Open Skies Deal

04/21/2013 - 20:00

Israel will pay 97.5 percent of El Al's security costs in order to settle a strike over the country's new "open skies" agreement with the European Union, Haaretz reported. The government previously paid 80 percent of security costs, saddling El Al with an estimated $30 million bill to keep passengers safe.

The agreement with the European Union would open new routes between Tel Aviv and members of the Union, lowering the cost of flights by foreign carriers, to the disadvantage of Israel's three airlines: El Al, Arkia and Israir. 

The general airport strike by the Histadrut labor union was called for Tuesday after Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved the  agreement Employees of the three airlines went on strike over the deal hours before it was approved.Dozens of flights by the three airlines were moved up to avoid the strike deadline.

The European-Mediterranean Sea aviation agreement approved Sunday allows European airlines to increase their flights to Israel for five years, which could substantially decrease the costs of airline tickets for Israeli travelers to Europe.

The Histadrut says the deal could mean thousands of layoffs by the three airlines. Employees of the three airlines picketed outside the Knesset during the vote.

El AL claims new open skies agreement with EU gives rivals an unfair advantage. Photo courtesy El Al

Sky-High Charity

El Al’s fundraising program hits the $2 million mark.
Staff Writer
11/12/2012 - 19:00

About 45 minutes before a recent El Al flight from Israel landed at JFK Airport, the pilot made a non-flight-related announcement on the public address system. Pointing passengers’ attention to a small envelope stowed in every seat pocket, he said, “Any small change you may have can make an enormous difference in children’s lives.”

El Al’s on-board fundraising initiative has raised vital dollars and shekels, for two Israeli institutions. getty images

El Al Resumes NY-Israel Service, Adding Two Flights

10/30/2012 - 20:00

After suspending service to and from Israel because of Hurricane Sandy, El Al, Israel's national airline, added two flights to its schedule to make up for canceled flights.

One will depart Tel Aviv for New York on Friday morning at 1:10 a.m., local time, and another will depart New York for Tel Aviv on Saturday night, 11:30 p.m.

"We continue to keep those affected by the hurricane in our thoughts and prayers," the airline said in a statement.

El Al Ending Flights To Cairo

09/18/2012 - 20:00

El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo.

In a letter published Sunday in the daily Maariv, El Al Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel’s official airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports.

The airline declined comment. Irena Etinger, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, confirmed the letter.

The letter, addressed to Lieberman, did not say when the flights would end.

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