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Monday, January 10, 2011

DANNY SAADON, VICE PRESIDENT, 

EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES, NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Danny Saadon, New VP at EL ALPresident Elyezer Shkedy of EL AL Israel Airlines, introduced the EL AL's Vice President, Danny Saadon for North and Central America, the largest and most important operation for the airline (outside of Israel). Saadon will oversee all operations for EL AL throughout the region and will be based at EL AL's North American Headquarters in New York City.

This new appointment follows more than four decades with EL AL in several managerial positions, including Airport Operations Manager in a variety of countries.  As the EL AL Ben Gurion Airport Manager in 1991, Saadon was also involved in Operation Solomon when EL AL assisted in the covert Israeli military operation that rescued 15,000 Ethiopians via airlift to Israel.

Saadon spent the past five years as Vice President and General Manager of the EL AL branch in Tel Aviv. 

Additionally, President Elyezer Shkedy of EL AL Israel Airlines revealed the outlook for the future. Shkedy, commented that tourism to Israel as well as the number of EL AL passengers travelling from North America is steadily climbing. Currently, 3.5 million tourists visit Israel annually. 

Shkedy noted that EL AL is growing and expanding its fleet to accommodate an increased demand. The airline has purchased a Boeing 747-400 jumbo that will be utilized on the USA/Israel route and is expected to join the EL AL fleet later this month. In addition, EL AL recently ordered four new Boeing 737-900 aircraft for delivery in 2013 that will be used on the shorter and medium haul routes. Last year, EL AL added the first-ever jumbo 747-400 cargo aircraft to its fleet.

Shkedy also announced the appointment of Danny Saadon as the new Vice President of EL AL in North and Central America (click here for Danny's press release). Regarding fuel costs, Shkedy stated that EL AL is continuing to hedge in an effort to control expenses.

Shkedy drew attention to the strong focus on innovative technology that EL AL continues to utilize, including the redesign of the airline's newly launched and more user friendly website. 
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Lufthansa announces New York as first North American destination for airline’s A380 service
Scheduled flights begin February 28, 2011 –

Lufthansa announced that its fifth A380 will begin regular, scheduled flights from Frankfurt to New York’s John F. Kennedy
International Airport beginning February 28, 2011. 
Initially, the flight will operate twice per week, on Mondays and Fridays. 
Lufthansa plans to increase the weekly frequencies to JFK, and by mid-April will offer daily transatlantic service between Frankfurt and New York. 

New York’s JFK Airport will be Lufthansa’s fourth A380 destination after Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg. 
Flights are available for booking on www.lufthansa.com

New York is one of the most important markets for Lufthansa, so it was imperative to launch transatlantic flights on our flagship aircraft to this U.S. gateway,” said Jens Bischof, Vice President The Americas for Lufthansa.

“It is an amazing aircraft and will take the flying experience in all three classes to a new level,”
Bischof continued.

Lufthansa has configured the A380 with 526 seats. 

The first scheduled A380 flight also marks the introduction of the brand new First Class cabin to the North American market.

It features eight generously proportioned seats on the upper deck.

The newly developed First Class seat combines ergonomics and comfort and measures 6’9” feet in length and 2’7” feet in width. 

The redesigned First Class cabin features the quietest cabin in commercial aviation; an air humidification system –
the first of its kind to be installed on a commercial aircraft – that provides passengers with a more
authentic air humidity and two large, luxurious bathrooms with separate changing and lavatory areas.

Also on the upper deck is the award-winning Business Class cabin with 98 improved seats. 

On the main deck, one will find 420 seats the Economy Class cabin with an optimized ergonomic seat
design and slimmer seat back resulting in two more inches of personal space per passenger.
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2 Free Night Stay at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel Won by Recipe Contest Winners

The lucky winner of the Tnuva & Inbal ‘My Favorite Recipe’ Contest will enjoy a free two night stay at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel!  Devorah Gross, of Brooklyn entered her Mushroom Ravioli recipe into the contest, and it was chosen by a prominent panel of culinary experts, as the winning recipe for the second round of the competition.

In second and third place were; Malka Soloveitchik, Monsey, NY for her Mini Cheese Tarts recipe, and Dorri Goldman of West Orange, NJ for her Low Calorie Eggplant Parmesan recipe. They will each receive $100 worth of Tnuva products!

The ‘My Favorite Recipe’ Contest is a joint venture between Tnuva and the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Held over a four month period, there have been three rounds of the competition, each winner having put forward their own creative recipe featuring at least one Tnuva product as a primary ingredient. 
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