El Al

El Al air crew are new Israel ambassadors

By Zoe Winograd and Heidi Heinemann, July 12, 2012

An El Al Ambassadors’ Programme has been launched in the UK.

The programme allows El Al flight personnel to volunteer as advocates for Israel during their stopover time between flights. Currently more than 100 El Al employees are involved in similar schemes elsewhere.


El Al plane in emergency landing at Heathrow

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2012

Passengers flying from London to Tel Aviv early this morning found their journey was shorter than usual when their El Al plane was forced back after just 20 minutes.


El Al boss makes flying visit

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

The head of El Al, General Eliezer Shkedi, has said in London that the airline should not fly on Shabbat and should continue to serve kosher meals, despite the cost.

As "the civil wings of Israel and of the Jewish nation", it was not just "a regular airline," he declared.

General Shkedi became president and chief executive of El Al in 2009 after serving for five years as Commander of the Isr


Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.


Israeli jets get anti-missile kit

March 22, 2012

An anti-missile defence system is to be installed on all Israeli commercial jets.

Following a successful live-fire test, Israeli aviation companies will soon begin outfitting commercial planes with an anti-shoulder-fired missile system, the Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems said on Tuesday.


Case closed: now I’m wearing my luggage

October 27, 2011

Next week El Al is cutting back on its luggage allowances, restricting economy passengers to 23kg and just one bag. So what is the answer to every Jewish traveller's eternal problem - how to arrive at your destination (particularly if you are flying to Israel) with as much as possible in your luggage, while simultaneously avoiding huge extra baggage charges?


Sky-high priced cuppa

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

El Al are offering passengers Illy cappuccino for $5 (around £3.20) and espresso for $4 (£2.55) a cup, according to YNet. Crew have been instructed to serve it with a free chocolate.

You will be pleased to learn 30 per cent of the coffee proceeds will go to a worthy cause: flight attendants' parties


El Al helps three charities

October 6, 2011

El Al frequent flyers will be helping three charities under a new scheme introduced by Israel's national airline. Five per cent of points earned through the Matmid club will go to the Make a Wish Foundation, helping terminally ill children; Wellbeing of Israel's soldiers; and Birthright, which takes young diaspora Jews on trips to Israel.


On this day: Operation Solomon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

In one of the most impressive rescue missions in history, Israel achieved what seemed impossible. In a day, as Jews around the world celebrated Shavuot, more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel, the country they had long hoped to see.


On this day: Liberation of the Sabena jet

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

On May Sabena flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv was hijacked outside of Vienna with 90 passengers and 10 crew members on board.