El Al

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.


El Al bomb plot man could be free soon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A terrorist jailed for 45 years in 1986 for plotting to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early after High Court judges ruled against the government.


Gaza activists fly home - on El Al

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2010

The British captain of a boat carrying Jewish pro-Palestinian activists who planned to break the blockade of Gaza has described how Israeli naval forces intercepted and boarded the vessel.

Glyn Secker, 66, a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), said that the voyage had "succeeded beyond expectations" despite failing to reach Gaza and the crew members' immediate deportation from Israel.


We'll be flying high again soon

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

With soaring competition, the recession and ongoing unrest in the Middle East, El Al has had a tough few years: the national carrier lost around 10 per cent of its market share of UK passengers flying to Israel over 2008 and 2009.

But the airline is battling back. Uri Danoor, chief executive of its operations in the UK, northern Europe and South Africa, says that the airline has come up with new ways of clawing back business.