El Al 787 Business Class – 2
27-Year-Old Buys Controlling Stake In EL AL

EL AL has been looking for a new investor for the past several months. The airline was in a bad financial situation before the current pandemic started, and of course this situation just exacerbated EL AL's problems. Around the beginning of July it was…

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El Al 787
Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace To Israel Flights

With Israel and the United Arab Emirates establishing diplomatic ties, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain seem to be warming up to Israel as well... at least when it comes to aviation rights. Jared Kushner has announced this week that both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain…

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El Al Peace
Historic EL AL Flight Touches Down In Abu Dhabi

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are launching a new era of diplomacy, and to kick that off, EL AL operated its first-ever flight to the UAE today. EL AL flight LY971 operated today from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi. The 1,311 mile flight took just 3hr17min.…

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El Al 737 800
Israel’s EL AL To Operate First Flight To UAE (More Details)

A couple of weeks ago a historic peace deal was announced between Israel and the UAE, which will hopefully usher in a new era of diplomacy. Part of this agreement involves commercial flights being added between the two countries. A couple of days ago…

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Emirates A380 First Class – 3
Wow: Direct Flights Coming Between Israel & UAE

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have made an exciting announcement today, which has major implications for aviation and tourism. Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to full normalization of relations between the two countries going forward.…

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El Al 787
Israel’s Government Taking Majority Stake In EL AL

Airlines around the globe are struggling to stay in business with the current pandemic. EL AL has been in an especially tough spot, as the airline hasn't been able to secure government funding, and more or less had to temporarily cease operations...…

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El Al Business Class 787 – 4
EL AL Cargo Flights Banned Over $17+ Million In Unpaid Airport Fees

EL AL's troubles have just become a whole lot worse, as the airline has now been banned from operating cargo flights. EL AL hasn't operated a scheduled passenger flight in several weeks, and as of now these flights are banned until June 20, 2020. As…

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El Al 787
EL AL Pilots Demand 25% Stake In Airline

As reported by Haaretz, EL AL pilots are arguing that if they're expected to make the biggest concessions in light of the current pandemic, they should also have the most upside during good times. Like so many airlines around the world, EL AL is in a…

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El Al 787 Business Class – 2
Details: EL AL’s Nonstop “Trial” Flights To Melbourne, Australia

In late November I wrote about how EL AL announced that they planned to "trial" nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and Melbourne, and we now have the details of what this will look like. EL AL will be operating three roundtrip nonstop trips between Tel…

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El Al 747 Flight
EL AL “Draws” 747 In Sky For Last 747 Flight

Today (November 3, 2019) EL AL is operating their last ever 747 flight from Rome to Tel Aviv. It's even operating with a special flight number -- LY1747. The 747 is an iconic plane, and to me will always be one of the most special planes to ever grace…

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Art Lounge Newark Airport – 15
Art & Lounge Opens At Heathrow Terminal 4

An interesting lounge change has just been made at Heathrow Airport. Up until now EL AL has operated their own lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4, which they used primarily for passengers on their two daily flights to Tel Aviv. Within the past week it looks…

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El Al 787 Business Class – 11
El Al Airlines Added As Alaska Mileage Plan Partner

Well this is a bit of a surprise. As of July 1st 2019, El Al passengers will have the option to credit flown miles to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, rather than El Al's own Matmid frequent flyer program. 

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El Al 787 Business Class – 11
How To Redeem Qantas Points On EL AL (Excellent Value)

In 2017, EL AL and Qantas launched a partnership, allowing reciprocal mileage redemptions. This really came in handy, given how few airline partners EL AL has. American AAdvantage used to partner with EL AL, though that ended in 2014. Not only is it…

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El Al 787 Business Class – 1
EL AL Adding Chicago Flights In March 2020

At the moment EL AL is refreshing their fleet thanks to the nine Boeing 787-9s that they’re taking delivery of, which are replacing their aging 747s. This is allowing the airline some expansion opportunities, and is also greatly improving their product. I…

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El Al First Class 777 – 3
EL AL Launching Flights To Orlando

At the moment EL AL is refreshing their fleet thanks to the nine Boeing 787-9s that they're taking delivery of, which are replacing their aging 747s. This is allowing the airline some expansion opportunities, and is also greatly improving their product.…

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El Al 787 Business Class – 11
EL AL Launching Nonstop Flights To Las Vegas

At the moment EL AL is refreshing their fleet thanks to the nine Boeing 787-9s that they're taking delivery of, which are replacing their aging 747s. This is allowing the airline some expansion opportunities, and is also greatly improving their product.…

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El Al 787 Business Class – 2
EL AL’s 40 Ton Takeoff Error

EL AL is having a rough couple of weeks. Last week EL AL was in the news for their horrible handling of a flight that ended up diverting in order to observe Shabbat, and now they're in the news because one of their 787s took off 80,000 pounds heavier…

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El Al First Class 777 – 6
EL AL Passengers File Lawsuit Over Controversial Shabbat Flight

EL AL has been in the news a lot the past few days regarding last Thursday's flight from New York to Tel Aviv. Here are the two posts I've written about this: If you want all the details check out those posts, but essentially what happened is that an…

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El Al First Class 777 – 3
How An EL AL Captain Tricked Passengers Into Taking A Flight

Yesterday I published a post about the bizarre incident that occurred on an EL AL flight from New York to Tel Aviv this past Thursday. I admit that at first I didn't get all the details right, and apologize for that. That's because I drafted the post…

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El Al Business Class 787 – 82
EL AL Flight Diverts Over Shabbat Curfew

EL AL doesn't operate flights over Shabbat (from Friday evening until Saturday night), so when you look at their schedule, you'll see there's always a gap there. Planes on the ground in Israel will stay there, while planes at outstations will simply…

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El Al Business Class 787 – 82
EL AL Is Reportedly Refusing To Pay Compensation For Flight Delays

Unfortunately in most parts of the world there are limited government regulations when it comes to how airlines have to compensate passengers in the event of flight delays or cancelations. The EU is an exception, as they dictate the compensation that…

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El Al First Class 777 – 14
EL AL Will Exclusively Fly 787s To NYC As Of Late 2018 (Bye Bye First Class)

EL AL is in the process of refreshing their longhaul fleet. Up until recently, EL AL's longhaul fleet consisted of four 747s, six 777s, and seven 767s. The airline has started the process of taking delivery of new 787s, which they're using to replace…

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El Al 787 Business Class – 2
More Details On EL AL’s New Flight Between San Francisco & Tel Aviv

At the beginning of the month, EL AL announced their intention to launch flights between Tel Aviv and San Francisco in late 2018. While we knew that they wanted to add 3x weekly flights as of the last quarter, they hadn't revealed more detailed plans…

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