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El Al Israel Airlines goes full fleet with Viasat high-speed Internet

Viasat made this announcement:

El Al Israel Airlines, the national air carrier of Israel, and Viasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced they expanded their successful relationship, adding the Boeing 777 wide body fleet to the mix of EL AL aircraft with Viasat’s equipment for high-speed in-flight connectivity (IFC). In addition to the Boeing 777 fleet, Viasat equipment currently powers the connectivity experience across EL AL’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737-900 and part of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. EL AL plans to have all widebody aircraft equipped with Viasat’s latest generation IFC solution and all narrow-body fleet equipped with Viasat’s in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) offering. El Al expects to have the majority of its fleet connected with the Viasat service by the end of 2020.

The Viasat in-flight Wi-Fi service offers an at-home or office experience in the sky, keeping flight crews connected for enhanced passenger service and enabling passengers using smartphones, tablets or laptop computers the ability to browse websites, connect to email and instant messaging, use apps and social networks and to stream music and/or films when in-flight.

Today, El Al offers three in-flight Wi-Fi packages—Basic, Social and Business—which can be purchased during the flight through the El Al Wi-Fi portal via credit card or EL AL Matmid Club points.

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El Al to fly the last Boeing 747 revenue passenger flight tomorrow

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-458 4X-ELB (msn 26056) LHR (SPA). Image: 948040.

El Al Israel Airlines has confirmed the last Boeing 747 revenue passenger flight for tomorrow (November 3) from Rome to Tel Aviv with this announcement:

A historic morning at Ben Gurion Airport! EL AL management raised a toast with members of the Matmid Frequent Flyer Club who joined us for the very last two commercial flights of the 747, also known as “The Queen of the Skies.”

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-458 4X-ELA (msn 26055) LHR (SPA). Image: 948041.

Above Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-458 4X-ELA (msn 26055) LHR (SPA). Image: 948041.

EL AL invites you to follow the last commercial flight of the 747 jumbo aircraft which will depart from Rome this Sunday at 4 am EST and land in Tel Aviv.

In honor of this noteworthy event, the 747 aircraft will operate on a one-time historic flight path and create a “sky painting” of a Boeing 747 that will be broadcast live worldwide in cooperation with Flightradar24.

The aircraft will begin to create the “painting” about two hours after takeoff when flying above southern Cyprus. The Boeing 747-400 fleet has been replaced by the new EL AL 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which are being utilized on most U.S. Israel nonstop routes.

After 48 years, during which EL AL has flown many 747 models, the fleet’s activity has come to an end. EL AL is bidding farewell to the Boeing 747 Jumbo fleet, “Queen of the Sky” marking the end of a historic chapter in Israel aviation.

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-238B 4X-AXQ (msn 20841) LHR (SPA). Image: 948042.

Above Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-238B 4X-AXQ (msn 20841) LHR (SPA). Image: 948042.

EL AL invites you to follow the last commercial flight of its 747 aircraft: Flight LY1747 from Rome to Tel Aviv.

The flight will depart on Sunday November 3, 2019 at 10am local time (11am Israel time). In honor of the event it will operate on a one-time historic flight path.

This flight path will create a “sky painting” of a Boeing 747 that will be broadcast live throughout the world in cooperation with Flightradar24.

  • The aircraft will begin to create the “painting” about two hours after takeoff when flying above southern Cyprus.
  • Timetable and flight path may change due to operational limitations and  weather conditions.

Update: Boeing 747-458 4X-ELC (msn 27915) operated flight LY1747 FCO-TLV on November 3, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-458 4X-ELB (msn 26056) LHR (SPA). Image: 948040.

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El Al schedules its last Boeing 747 revenue flight

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-458 4X-ELA (msn 26055) LHR (SPA). Image: 925399.

El Al Israel Airlines has been gradually replacing its Boeing 747-400 fleet with new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

According to Airline Route, the carrier is now scheduling its last Boeing 747 revenue flight, charter flight LY 1747 between Rome (Fiumicino) and Tel Aviv on November 3, 2019.

The operational Boeing 747-458 fleet is now down to two aircraft: 4X-ELA (pictured) and 4X-ELC.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-458 4X-ELA (msn 26055) LHR (SPA). Image: 925399.

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El Al announces its 2Q financial results, will fly to Dublin and Dusseldorf

El Al Israel Airlines announced its 2Q results today:

  • he Company’s (TASE: ELAL) revenues for the quarter amounted to approximately USD $584 million compared to approximately USD $547 million for the second quarter of 2018, indicating an increase of about 7%, mainly due to the growth in the number of passengers and the increase in revenue per passenger, which was attributable, among others, to the timing of Passover that occurred in the second quarter of the year.
  • The Company recorded a net profit of USD $83 thousand for the second quarter of 2019, compared to the loss of USD $18 million recorded for the second quarter of 2018; the improvement in results was attributable to the increase in revenues and a decrease in operating expenses, mainly fuel expenses, due to the drop in the fuel price and quantity consumed, which was affected by the operation of the cost-saving ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft.
  • These results though the implementation of IFRS 16 – Leases, which caused an increase of approximately USD $11 million in the Company’s financing expenses for the quarter and, in total, caused a decrease of approximately USD $5 million in profit before tax.
  • The Company recorded cash flows from operating activities totaling approximately USD $110 million for the quarter, compared to approximately USD $56 million for the second quarter of 2018. The Company’s cash and deposit balances as of June 30, 2019 amounted to approximately USD $317 million.
  • So far, the Company has successfully received 11 of the 16 787-9  ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft of the Acquisition Program. By the end of this year, the Company is expected to receive three more ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft, and in the first quarter of 2020 it will received the last two.
  • During the second quarter of 2019, the Company launched new routes to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Manchester, additional to the new routes to Tokyo and Chicago, which are expected to operate from March 2020.
  • The Company announces today the launch of new routes to Dublin and Dusseldorf, which will operate from summer 2020.

EL AL’s CEO, Gonen Usishkin, announced today as follows:

“During the second quarter of 2019, the company recorded a 7% increase in revenues, amounting to USD 584 million, mainly due to impact of Passover, which fell this year in the second quarter. In addition, the Company recorded an improvement in the key operational indicators, and all this alongside the struggle with the challenges and high competition at Ben Gurion Airport.

The Acquisition Program progresses as planned. Thus far, the Company has received 11 new 787-9 and we expect to receive three more by the end of the year, and the last two in the first quarter of 2020, this will complete the Acquisition Program.

We witness a constant growth in our customers’ satisfaction from these airplanes. We have removed, as planned, the 676 aircraft fleet and are currently gradually removing the 747 airplanes. At the same time, we have started implementing a program to improve aircraft interiors of existing fleets, which also progresses as scheduled. Accordingly, out aircraft fleet becomes younger and our product is better.

As part of our growth strategy, we enhance existing activities and expand our network of routes by launching routes to new destinations and adding flights to existing ones. In the last quarter, we launched the routes to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Manchester, in addition to the route to Niece, which was launched in the first quarter of 2019. Further to the announcement of launching the routes to Tokyo and Chicago, which are expected to operate from March 2020, the Company announces today the launch of routes to Dublin and Dusseldorf, which are expected to operate from summer 2020.

During the second quarter of 2019, we commenced, as planned, to operate flights to all the Company’s destinations in the East and South Africa under a new model, which provides the customer with the possibility of choosing between three different types of flight product packages – Light, Classic and Flex – each customer according to his needs.

I would like to thank our customers for the trust in El Al. We are doing everything possible so that customers will choose us over and over again. Special appreciation is extended to EL AL employees, who share this special effort.”

Dganit Palti, EL AL’s CFO, announced today as follows:

“The increase in the Company’s revenues and the decrease in its expenses improved the profit before tax for the reported quarter by approximately USD 23 million, compared to the second quarter of 2018. All these, despite the implementation of IFRS 16 (Leases), which reduced the improvement in the Company’s results for the quarter by about USD 5 million.  The Company recorded a decrease of approximately USD 8.5 million in fuel expenses for the reported quarter due to the drop in jet fuel prices and a decline in the quantity consumed, despite growth in operations as a result of operating the new 787-9 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft, which are more efficient in fuel consumption.

In the second quarter of 2019, the Company received financing of approximately USD 145 millionfrom Japanese financial institutions, for the purpose of acquiring another 787-9 Dreamliner, which was received by the Company in June. So far, 11 new 787-9 Dreamliners have joined the Company’s fleet, of which 4 are owned and 7 are leased”.

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Air Italy signs new partnerships with Finnair and El Al

Air Italy has made this announcement:

Air Italy is delighted to announce the signing of two Special Prorate Agreements (SPA) with key carriers Finnair and El Al.

Now, thanks to the agreement with Finnair, five new key destinations in Finland (Helsinki, Turku, Oulu, Kokkola and Rovaniemi) are all now available via Milan Malpensa for Air Italy passengers departing from our seven key airports in central & southern Italy (Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia).

At the same time, Finnair’s customers have now the opportunity to fly to Air Italy’s African destinations, traveling from Finland via Milan Malpensa, and connect seamlessly to Dakar, Lagos, Accra, Sharm El-Sheikh and Cairo.

Simultaneously, with respect to El Al, Air Italy’s passengers arriving in Milan Malpensa from North America will now be able to connect with El Al to land in Tel Aviv while El Al’s customers departing from Tel Aviv can now easily reach Air Italy’s North American destinations via Milan Malpensa.

Moreover, from Tel Aviv, El Al’s passengers can also connect to Air Italy’s domestic network from Malpensa to the key cities and towns of central and southern Italy such as Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia.

 

El Al ends in-house Boeing 747-400F freighter operations, expands operations with ASL Airlines and AirBridgeCargo

Type Retired: June 30, 2019 (flight LY872 Liege - Tel Aviv with 4X-ELF)

El Al Israel Airlines has ended its in-house Boeing 747-400F freighter operations. Instead the company is farming out the freighter work to sub-contractors ASL Airlines and AirBridgeCargo.

The last revenue cargo flight was operated on June 30 between Liege and Tel Aviv as flight LY872 with the pictured Boeing 747-412F 4X-ELF (msn 26563).

El Al has been offering 747-400F freighter service since 2010.

Top Copyright Photo: El Al Cargo (El Al Israel Airlines) Boeing 747-412F 4X-ELF (msn 26563) LGG (Rainer Bexten). Image: 909944.

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El Al Israel Airlines and Alaska Airlines expand their global partnership as El Al starts San Francisco service

El Al Israel Airlines and Alaska Airlines today expanded their commercial relationship to include a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. The agreement was signed by the CEOs of each airline at a ceremony soon after the arrival of the first El Al flight from Tel Aviv to San Francisco and was attended by San Francisco Bay Area dignitaries and civic leaders. This agreement is in addition to the codeshare agreement that recently came into effect between the airlines allowing EL AL to place its “LY” code on various Alaska Airlines “AS” flights in the U.S.

The codeshare agreement which has been available for sale as of April 28 for flights as of May 5 includes flights from Newark, Los Angeles and now San Francisco onto a host of Alaska Airlines flights.  From San Francisco, El Al will place its code on flights to Seattle/Tacoma; San Diego; Portland, Oregon; Honolulu; Los Angeles; Palm Springs, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; Dallas (DAL); Santa Ana, California, Everett, Washington, Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City; Kona, Hawaii and Las Vegas. Upon regulatory approval, will also include flights to various points in Mexico.

The El Al flights will operate three times weekly flying a state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner, offering Business, Premium and Economy service. The flights from Tel Aviv will depart on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 0105 and arrive in San Francisco on the same day at 0600 for a flight time just under 15 hours. The flights from San Francisco to Tel Aviv will operate on Monday and Wednesday departing at 2000 for arrival the next day at 1940 and on Saturday night with a 2245 departure arriving in Tel Aviv at 2225 the next day for a flying time of just over 13 and a half hours.