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Reuters: El Al Airlines drops plans to buy Israir

Named "Bat Yam"

From Reuters:

El Al Israel Airlines said on Wednesday it had scrapped its bid to acquire smaller low-cost rival Israir from IDB Tourism amid opposition from competition regulators.

A year ago, El Al – Israel’s flag carrier – reached a deal for its Sun d’Or unit to pay up to $24 million for Israir, which flies to the southern resort of Eilat and a host of European cities.

Sun d’Or flies to about 17 destinations in France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and elsewhere in Europe.

Earlier this year, Israel’s Anti-Trust Authority said it opposed the merger since it would prevent El Al from operating flights to Eilat and lead to competitive concerns resulting from El Al’s control of security services at all Israeli airlines.

El Al, which argued that flights to Eilat were economically unjustified, appealed against the decision but decided to drop that appeal on Wednesday.

“In view of the passage of time from the signing of the purchase agreement and the expected time to complete the appeal process the parties were required to negotiate the commercial terms in which the agreement could be kept in place,” El Al said.

“Since the negotiations failed and no agreement was reached, the parties … withdrew the appeal.”

The withdrawal came hours before a preliminary hearing in front of an anti-trust tribunal.

“El Al and Israir will therefore be unable to consummate the merger,” the anti-trust authority said. (Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Mark Potter)

Top and Below Copyright Photos: The newest Dreamliner is named “Bat Yam”. El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4X-EDE (msn 63393) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 942476.

Named "Bat Yam"

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NAC delivered one ATR 72-500 to Israir Airlines on lease

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has announced it has delivered one ATR 72-500 (msn 782), to Israir Airlines on lease. NAC is delighted to welcome Israir Airlines as a new customer.

The new type will operate domestic flights between Tel Aviv and Eilat.

Photo: Israir.

Israir Airlines to introduce four new routes

Israir Airlines (Tel Aviv) will commenced weekly Airbus A320 service to Stuttgart, Germany starting on June 4 according to Airline Route.

The company is also introducing three new routes this summer to Memmingen (May 30), Tbilisi (April 2) and Verona (April 3).

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 4X-ABF (msn 4354) prepares to land in Moscow (Domodedovo).

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Israir Airlines to equip its Airbus A320s with WheelTug aircraft drive system

Israir Airlines (Tel Aviv) and WheelTug plc have announced their execution of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to enter into an agreement under which Israir will deploy WheelTug aircraft drive systems for its Airbus A320 fleet, subject to financial and operational feasibility checks and regulatory approvals. The deal makes Israir WheelTug’s the first launch customer for A320, and reserves 10 WheelTug System delivery slots for Israir.

The WheelTug® electric drive system uses high-performance electric motors, installed in the nose gear wheels of an aircraft, to provide full mobility while on the ground, without the use of the aircraft’s jet engines or tugs for both pushback and taxi operations.

WheelTug enables aircraft to be electrically driven from the terminal gate to the takeoff runway, and upon landing from runway exit to the gate. The resulting improvements in efficiency, flexibility, fuel savings, and reduced engine foreign object damage (FOD) yield projected savings a substantial operating expenses per aircraft per year, plus substantial reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions.

The WheelTug system is also being developed for the Boeing 737NG.

Copyright Photo: OSDU.

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Israir takes delivery of its first ATR 72-500

Israir Airlines (Tel Aviv) has taken delivery of its first 72-seat ATR 72-500 in the form of ATR 72-212A 4X-ATH (msn 931). A second copy will follow at the end of this month. The ATR 72 will join three ATR 42-320s and two Airbus A320s.

The ATRs mainly operate on the Tel Aviv (Sde Dov-City Airport) and Eilat on the Red Sea.

Israir Airlines introduces a new livery

Israir Airlines (Tel Aviv) is introducing a new livery with the delivery of new Airbus A320-232 F-WWDC (msn 4354).

Copyright Photo: F-WWDC is pictured at Toulouse after emerging from the paint shop on June 12. It will become 4X-ABF on delivery.