El Al

Israeli and Jewish aid to Haiti earthquake

By Jessica Elgot, January 14, 2010

Israeli and Jewish aid organisations have flown to Port-au-Prince to deal with the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake which may have killed up to 100,000 people.

El Al has sent two planes, one cargo and another for passengers, and an IDF delegation is due to arrive in the Carribean country today with experts in engineering, medicine and rescue tactics.

IsraAID have also dispatched a 12-man search-and-rescue team to Haiti.


El Al's fundraising for IDF wellbeing day

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2009

Israeli airline EL AL will be collecting donations for IDF soldiers in envelopes placed in airline seat pockets.

The airline is contributing to the yearly IDF Soldiers Appreciation Day of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers (AWIS), by proclaiming Sherutrom Week on its flights during the week between December 13 and 18.

Donation envelopes will be placed in the seat pockets, which will be collected by the stewardesses before the landing.

In addition, the AWIS movie "The Sherutrom" will be screened during flights.


Passenger seriously ill after El Al jet diverts

By Jessica Elgot, October 22, 2009

An El Al flight from Tel Aviv to London had to make an emergency landing in Athens after a passenger suffered a suspected heart attack.

El Al head office confirmed that the 10.15am flight from Tel Aviv to London was diverted to the Greek capital after the passenger became ill.

The passenger was treated onboard the flight by the El Al crew, and was hospitalised in Athens. The passenger is reportedly still in hospital, in a serious condition.

El Al head office denied rumours the passenger had died on board the plane.


Virgin Atlantic "in talks" with El Al

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic is reported to be in talks with El Al about a possible deal between the two airlines.

A number of options were under consideration and a takeover or substantial investment in El Al by Virgin Atlantic had not been ruled out, a source told Globes Online

But Shoma Amin, a spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic was quick to deny rumours.She said: "We explore many opportunities but can confirm we will not be taking over or investing in El Al."


Woman pays $32,000 for dog to fly business class

By Jessica Elgot, August 10, 2009

An Israeli woman has paid El Al $32,000 to reserve the whole of a business class section from Paris to Tel Aviv for herself and her “baby”.

But her baby is boxer dog “Or”, whom she refused to leave alone in the hold, in case he became anxious or scared during the flight.

The 60-year-old woman, named only as “Rivkah,” said she wanted to make sure that she would be able to calm him down.

The airline reportedly removed seats in business class to make room for Or’s cage, and Rivkah also hired a vet to accompany them on the flight.


El Al to offer 'no-frills' to Europe

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2009

El Al will roll out a ‘no-frills’ ticket on its scheduled flights from Israel, where tickets from £121 will be supplemented with charges for extras like meals and baggage.

Tickets are already being sold on the maiden budget flight from Tel Aviv to Rome in August.

But London flyers thinking of a low-cost El Al flight to Beijing or Bangkok without a meal will be disappointed: the airline is only offering its no-frills fares on short-haul flights.


El Al finds a less turbulent flight path

By Dan Martin, May 9, 2008

It can be demanding when the El Al security regime cross-examines you to discover what is the purpose of your visit to Israel, who do you know in the country, whether anyone has asked you to carry a gift to someone there — and umpteen other intimate questions. So next time, how would you like to break off half-way through to switch on the kettle, step into your slippers, and slump into your living-room sofa while you recapture your strength to go on?


Football, fish and the fast-track to flights

By Kate Collins, March 28, 2008

Heathrow has just become the first city in El Al’s network to permit passengers to check in and print an airport authority-compatible final boarding pass at home. A fast drop-off desk means passengers with luggage can arrive two hours 15 minutes before departure, and those without bags just 90 minutes (www.elal.co.uk; 020 7121 1400).

Good news for fish-eaters going south. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli is opening two restaurants in Brighton. His latest deli-style Zilli’s Café at the city’s new myhotel opened last week, and in May a 120-seat Zilli’s restaurant, serving modern Italian food, will open in the hotel, with outdoor dining in summer (www.zillialdo.com; 01273 900 300).