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El Al suspends all flights until at least May 2

El Al Israel Airlines has made this announcement:

Following a further assessment, EL AL has decided to extend the suspension of its flights until 2 May 2020.
From 3 May 2020 until 30 May 2020, EL AL is planning to operate flights to/from New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Johannesburg, London, and Paris. The schedule will be updated on the systems and are subject to change. During this period flights to additional destinations may be added as required.
The Company will continue to operate rescue flights and will continue to operate cargo flights. In addition, EL AL will operate essential flights as required.
Suspension of Flights:

Destination ​Last flight
​​Paris, London and New York ​​Until 4.4.2020
​Other ELAL destinations Until 2.5.2020
Sun d’Or – Until 31.5.2020

In light of the situation, the Internet service on aircraft is not available as of March 24, 2020.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Flexibility in changes for purchased flight ticket:

​Origin/Destination ​Departures ​Validity Change terms & conditions
All EL AL destinations ​Until 30.6.2021 (inclusive) For departures from 1.7.2020 until 30.4.21
• No change fees
• No handling fees
• Ticket price differences to be paid  
• Cancellation – subject to flight ticket terms and conditions

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El Al drastically cuts its schedule

El Al Israel Airlines made this announcement:

El Al will continue to maintain the air link between Israel and the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and South Africa. We are offering full flexibility to customers who have tickets for travel through March 31, 2020, and want to advance their return. There will be no change fees or any difference in fare.

As of this Saturday, March 14, 2020, El Al will gradually adjust its flight schedule to Israel from most gateway cities in North America.

El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin stated, “In recent days and hours, reports of a complete halt by foreign airlines to Ben Gurion International Airport are mounting in light of the new restrictions imposed by the Israel Ministry of Health as well as a decrease in demand. After assessing the current situation, El Al is forced to temporarily and gradually suspend flights on most of the airline’s worldwide routes, including gateway cities in North America, starting this Sunday, March 15, 2020. As the national airline of Israel, El Al will maintain the air link between Israel and the New York (JFK/Newark), Toronto, London, Paris, and Johannesburg for both passenger and cargo traffic.”

El Al continues to closely monitor new guidelines set forth by the Israel Ministry of Health and is fully prepared to resume flights quickly to various destinations throughout the world, according to operational and commercial needs.

Here is the adjusted flight schedule from other USA gateway cities until we are able to resume normal operations as soon as possible:

– The last departure from Las Vegas is Saturday, March 14th.

– The last departure from Boston is this Sunday, March 15th.

– The last departure from San Francisco is Monday, March 16th.

– The last departure from Miami is Wednesday, March 18th.

– The last departure from Los Angeles is Thursday, March 19th.

We are recommending that all of our customers advance their return flight to North America.

As a reminder, El Al is allowing customers holding tickets for travel through April 30, 2020, to postpone flights or freeze their tickets for departures starting May 1, 2020, until February 28, 2021, free of charge. No change or reissue fees will apply except for a difference in fare, if applicable.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

In addition, the Israeli government is now requiring Non-Israeli passengers wishing to enter Israel to prove that they intend to self-quarantine upon arrival in Israel.
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El Al cuts back on flights to China and Asia

El Al Israel Airlines made this announcement:

Gonen Usishkin, El Al CEO:

“We are continually monitoring the reports from China.  We hope that the recent cautious optimism as reported in the global media will indeed continue in the coming days.  Nevertheless, we at El Al have decided to make commercial adjustments to the schedule in the Far East and increase frequencies to North America and Europe with a focus on the upcoming Passover period.”

  • Beijing – following the previous announcement of temporary suspension of the flights until March 25,2020, will now extent until April 24, 2020.
  • Hong Kong – following the decision to allow customers to change or cancel their flights without a penalty, the airline will now temporarily suspend its flights until March 20, 2020.
  • Bangkok –  El Al will continue its flights to Bangkok, however will reduce frequencies from double daily to one daily on certain dates.
  • Tokyo – El Al is preparing to inaugurate the launch of the historic Japan route on March 11, 2020 as planned.

El Al will do all possible to assist its passengers holding tickets for the changed or canceled flights, finding alternative flights as needed.

As soon as the situation allows, El Al will reinstate its flights to Beijing and Hong Kong even prior to the dates mentioned.

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El Al reports a net profit of $27 million for the third quarter

El Al Israel Airlines issued this financial report for the third quarter 2019:

  • For the third quarter of 2019, the Company reports a growth of 8% in seat availability, an increase of 6.5% in passenger traffic and an increase of 2% in market share.
  • At the end of the third quarter, 12 new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft operated in the Company’s fleet. Four additional 787-8 aircraft will be added to the Company’s aircraft fleet by the end of the first quarter of 2020, thereby the Company expects to complete the Acquisition Program.
  • Despite the competition, the Company’s revenues increased to approximately USD 647 million.
  • Operating expenses for the quarter amounted to approximately USD 505 million, similarly to the third quarter of 2018, despite the 8% growth in Available Seat per Kilometer (ASK).
  • Fuel expenses decreased by approximately USD 13.5 million, both as a result of the decrease in jet fuel market prices and as a result of using the new efficient 787-9 aircraft.
  • Other income amounted to approximately USD 5.5 million for the quarter, due to the sale of one 767-300 aircraft which was removed from service, compared to an income of approximately USD 10 million for the third quarter of 2018, mainly from insurance receipts.
  • Profit before tax was adversely affected by approximately USD 4.5 million due to the implementation of the accounting standard IFRS 16 that increased the financing expenses by approximately USD 12.5 million and reduced the operating expenses by approximately USD 8 million.
  • Profit before tax for the quarter amounted to approximately USD 35 million, compared to a profit before tax of approximately USD 54 million for the third quarter of 2018. The profit was affected by an increase in financing expenses as well as an increase in payroll expenses, mainly due to a decrease in the discount interest rate on actuarial liabilities.
  • Net profit for the quarter amounted to approximately USD 27 million, compared to net profit of USD 42 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • EBITDAR for the quarter amounted to approximately USD 140 million, similarly to the third quarter of 2018.
  • In the first nine months of 2019, the Company’s revenues amounted to approximately USD 1.66 billion, reflecting a slight growth compared to the Company’s revenues for the first nine months of 2018; loss for the period amounted to approximately USD 28 million, compared to a loss of approximately USD 21 million for the first nine months of 2018.

EL AL’s CEO, Gonen Usishkin:

“Notwithstanding the competition at Ben Gurion Airport, the Company succeeded to increase and improve its market share by 2%, with the number of passengers increasing by 6.5%.

“The Company’s Acquisition Program progresses as planned. Thus far, the Company has received 12 new 787-9 aircraft, and by the end of the first quarter of 2020, 4 additional 787-8 aircraft are expected to arrive, thereby the Program will be completed.

“Alongside this, at the beginning of the year, all the 767-300 aircraft were removed from service and thereafter all the 747-400 aircraft were also removed from service, as the last one terminated its operation at the beginning of this month with a special and exciting farewell flight, after nearly 50 years of service in the Company’s aircraft fleet.

“We completed the major part of the Aircraft Interior Improvement to 737-800NG narrow-body aircraft fleet.

“We entered into an agreement for the lease of 3 additional 737-800NG aircraft for a period of six years, of which the first aircraft is expected to be received in the next month, and the two others are expected to be received in April 2020.

“Out aircraft fleet has become younger and, for the first time, the aircraft average age falls below 10 years. Our product improves and we witness constant increase in our customers’ satisfaction.

“As part of our growth strategy, we enhance existing activities and continue to expand our network of routes by launching routes to new destinations. Thus far in 2019, the Company has launched the routes to Niece, San Francisco, Manchester, and Las Vegas, and in 2020 the Company is expected to launch the routes to Chicago, Tokyo, Dublin and Dusseldorf.

“In July 2019, we launched the new booking engine for the Matmid Frequent Flyer Club members and improved the value offer to the club members.

“In September 2019, the Company entered into a triangle agreement with CAL, Diners and a new strategic partner, MasterCard, in connection with the branded credit card, Fly Card. The new card to be issued is a combined Diners and MasterCard credit card that has a global coverage and offers expanded options to redeem points in the aviation and non-aviation world. The Fly Card credit card and the Matmid Frequent Flyer Club constitute one of the most important growth engines of the Company.

“I would like to thank our customers for their trust in EL AL. I am convinced that EL AL will continue to provide its customers with quality service, maximum comfort, technological innovation and advanced airplanes. We are doing the utmost to allow the customer to choose EL AL over and over again.

“I wish to express special appreciation to EL AL people in Israel and worldwide, who work with determination and dedication and make an extra effort for the Company’s success.”

Dganit Palti, EL AL’s CFO:

“The Company recorded a decrease in fuel expenses for the reported quarter, as a result of the decrease in jet fuel market prices and the amount of fuel consumed by the Company’s aircraft, notwithstanding the 8% growth in operations, mainly due to the operation of the 787-9 aircraft, which are more efficient in fuel consumption.

“The initial implementation of the accounting standard IFRS 16 adversely affected the Company’s results for the quarter by approximately USD 4.5 million, and for the first nine months of the year – by approximately USD 14.5 million.

“The company has signed an agreement with a JOLCO structure to finance the first 787-8 aircraft, expected to arrive this weekend. The USD 125 million financing includes a USD 106 million loan from a foreign bank for a 12-year period and an additional USD 19 million in Japanese Yen, to be provided by a Japanese company. The balance of the debt will be repaid after ten years at a pre-agreed amount of USD 45 million.”

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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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