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EL AL Israel Airlines (EL AL) is the flag carrier of Israel and flies to many destinations across the world.
EL AL destinations include Vienna, Brussels, Sofia, Toronto, Beijing, Larnaca, Prague, Marseilles, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Athens, Munich, Hong Kong, Budapest, Mumbai, Eilat, Milan, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Bucharest and Moscow. Domestically EL AL flies to Eilat, Tel Aviv, Gailee and many others.
Frequent Flyer Program
EL AL operates a frequent flyer program called Matmid Club to reward regular passengers by accumulating points from flights and enjoy benefits and deals that are reserved only for Matmid members.
There are four tiers of membership: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Top Platinum.
Platinum members enjoy more options for utilising bonus tickets and upgrades, 505 more points from EL AL and UP flights.
EL AL allow its Economy Class passengers one piece of checked baggage of up to 23 kg, 2 pieces of baggage of up to 32 kg for Business Class and 3 pieces of baggage of up to 32kg.
For hand luggage, EL AL entitles its Economy Class passengers to 8kg, 20 kg in Business Class and 24kg for First Class passengers.
EL AL has codeshare agreements with Air China, Czech Airlines, Iberia, JetBlue, S7 Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.
In November 2015, EL Al announced the purchase and lease of 15 Dreamliner 787-800 and 787-900. The King David Lounge is the name adopted by EL Al for special airport lounges that serve the airline's premium class passengers. There are six King David Lounges worldwide at the key airports at Ben Gurion International Airport, JFK, EWR, CDG, LHR and LAX.
In March 2017, EL AL Israel Airlines announced it will wet-lease an A320-200 from SmartLynx Airlines to cover operations at its leisure unit, Sun d'Or International Airlines during the 2017 summer season. Operationally, the Airbus twinjet is to be deployed on flights from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion to each of Barcelona El Prat, Heraklion, Batumi, Kraków, Naples Int'l, Nice, Tbilisi, and Zagreb. Sun d'Or currently operates two B737-800s in cooperation with EL AL.
10th May 2018
El Al Israel Airlines will change its aircraft for Hong Kong flights for the summer
El Al Israel Airlines has altered planned operational aircraft for Tel Aviv – Hong Kong routes. The following period will see Boeing 777-200ER operating, replacing 787-9 Dreamliner. The schedule for this EL AL Israel route is as follows:
01JUL18 – 30AUG18 6 weekly
06SEP18 – 26OCT18 1 of 6 weekly (Except 20SEP18 from TLV)
9th April 2018
LATAM Airlines is the first airline to fly between Israel and Latin America for 6 years since El Al Israel Airlines
Starting in December, Latam will fly three times a week from Santiago to Tel Aviv via Sao Paulo, ending a 6-year Hiatus. Latin America's largest airline will begin direct operations between the two cities to the joy of frequent flyers. Since El Al Airlines terminated business, passengers have had to take flights which have stopovers in Europe or Africa, increasing the total travel time to at least 18 hours. “This is a unique service for passengers across much of Latin America,” said Jerome Cadier, CEO of Latam Airlines Brazil, which was formed in the 2012 merger of Chile’s LAN and Brazil’s TAM. "No other airline connects Latin America with Israel."
The stop via Sao Paulo on this new route may be influenced by Brazil’s 120,000-strong Jewish community as well as pilgrims from the world’s second-largest Christian population. The Sao Paulo-Tel Aviv leg will take 13 hours, with the return trip lasting 15 hours. Airfares will start at $999. Due to the increased efficiency of planes, this journey is an hour and a half faster than it was when El Al flew the route 6 years ago, however, this may also be beacuse, according to tourism industry sources, the Israeli carrier didn’t fly over certain African countries.
3rd August 2017
AEROMEXICO AND EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES SIGN A CODE SHARE AGREEMENT
From14th August, the agreement will provide a better connectivity between Mexico and Tel Aviv, through the network of both airlines.
Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, launched the new code share agreement it signed with EL AL Israel Airlines during the IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico. The agreement was signed by the Chief Executive Officers of both airlines, Andres Conesa for Aeromexico and David Maimon for EL AL.
During the code share agreement signing ceremony, Aeromexico CEO Andres Conesa, said “This alliance reflects our consistent pursuit to offer our customers new and attractive options to connect to different destinations, where our partners allow us to expand our extensive flight connectivity network even further. On this occasion, we thank EL AL Israel Airlines for sharing our commitment and vision, which I am sure will allow us to strengthen the ties between Mexico and Israel even more.”
In recent years, passenger traffic between Mexico and Israel has grown notably at a more than ten percent annual rate, exceeding 35,000 passengers per year, which represents an average of 50 tourists per day.
”The increasing business and tourism ties between Israel and Mexico makes it a natural for both EL AL and Aeromexico to move forward to launch this code share agreement. We are confident that this agreement will be a success and be the best option for our mutual passengers,” said David Maimon, President & CEO of EL AL Israel Airlines.
This new code share aims to provide customers with different route options with enhanced flight connectivity possibilities through the airports served by both carriers, such as Toronto in Canada, as well as Amsterdam, London, Madrid, and Paris in Europe, creating more than ten alternative flight schedules between Mexico City and Tel Aviv. The codeshare flights will be available for sale as of August 2nd for travel as of August 14th, 2017.
Thanks to this new code share agreement, both Aeromexico and EL AL consolidates their commitments to provide more and better connectivity options while also helping strengthen tourism and commercial ties between both nations.
2nd July 2017
El Al Airlines board approves purchase of smaller rival Israir. Flag carrier El Al Israel Airlines (ELAL.TA) said on Sunday its board approved a plan by its Sun d'Or unit to buy smaller rival Israir from IDB Tourism. Sun d'Or, which flies to 17 destinations in France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and elsewhere in Europe, will pay up to $24 million for Israir. IDB Tourism will also receive a 25 percent stake in Sun d'Or. Israir, which flies to 28 cities in Europe, will become a wholly owned unit of Sun d'Or. As part of the deal, Israir will sell to third parties the aircraft it owns for $70 million and lease them back. Israir is a privately owned package holiday company that sells accommodation as well as low-cost flights. The acquisition will allow El Al to diversify its revenue streams. Israir is currently owned by IDB Tourism, part of IDB Group, which has interests in several sectors of the Israeli economy.
18th May 2017
El Al Israel Airlines will add additional wet-leased capacity this summer 2017. Between June 15 and September 3, the Israeli carrier will use a Wamos Air B747-400 for 3 of its 6 weekly services between Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.
In addition, El Al will also complement the fleet of its Sun d'Or International Airlines (2U, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion) leisure unit with B757-200 EC-ISY (msn 26241) on wet-lease from Spanish ACMI specialist Privilege Style (P6, Palma Son Sant Joan). Sun d'Or currently uses two B737-800s operated by El Al as well as an A320-200 wet-leased from SmartLynx Airlines Estonia (MYX, Tallinn Lennart Meri). It operates from Tel Aviv to Batumi, Kraków, Lisbon, Naples Int'l, Nice, Rhodes, Tbilisi, Valencia Manises and Zagreb on a scheduled basis and also operates various charter services.
Announced that 4.5 million passengers are expected to use Ben Gurion Airport this summer. Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport is preparing for a particularly a busy travel period this July and August, with approximately 4.5 million passengers, both Israelis and tourists, expected to pass through its gates as they embark on, and return from, their summer holidays. EL AL Israel Airlines is set to benefit from this increased traffic to Ben Gurion Airport.
EL AL Israel Airlines signed a long term lease agreements with the Aviation Capital Group (ACG) for 2 B787-9s.
“EL AL Israel Airlines is pleased to enter into these lease agreements with ACG and increase our future 787 fleet to a total of sixteen aircraft," David Maimon, the CEO of El Al, said. "The 787 fleet will open a new chapter for EL AL Israel Airlines."
El Al said in a Tel Aviv bourse disclosure the aircraft are set to be delivered in February and October 2018 respectively. A further two B787-8s, acquired by ACG from El Al through sales/lease-back, will deliver in December 2019 and August 2020.
The Israeli carrier is expected to acquire a total of sixteen B787s with options for an additional thirteen aircraft (inclusive of the B787-10 model). The firm orders include nine leased aircraft (five B787-9s and four B787-8s) and seven owned (four B787-9s and three B787-8s).
EL AL Israel Airlines reported $81 million in full-year net profit for 2016, down 24.3% from $107 million net income in 2015. EL AL’s labor dispute with its pilots became acute in October 2015, and continued intermittently through 2016, the airline said. On these occasions, pilots reportedly refused to show up for flights, forcing the airline to lease outside aircraft and crew to accommodate passengers.
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Ben Gurion International Airport
Ben Gurion Airport is the largest airport of Israel and is the hub airport for El Al and Arkia Israel Airlines. It has three runaways and can handle nearly 15 million passengers. Airlines which fly to and from this airport include Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Europa, Ethiopian Airlines, Israir Airlines, Jetairfly, KLM, Korean Air, Ukraine International Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Wizz Air and many others.
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