Flights

Swastika found on British Airways Israel flight cargo

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2011

An investigation is under way into how a container with a Nazi symbol daubed on it ended up on a British Airways cargo flight to Israel.

A shipment with a swastika sprayed on it was discovered in the cargo of the flight when it arrived in Ben Gurion airport last Saturday.

Transport staff alerted the Israel Airports Authority, which is now looking into whether the person responsible for the graffiti was an employee.

An IAA spokesman told Ynet: “This is a very serious incident.

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Perils of in-flight hechshers

By Michael Freedland, January 17, 2011

These days, when air fares are going up with every yard that a plane rises into the deep blue yonder, there is one boast that the airlines still love to make: "If you have a dietary requirement, we'll meet it. Vegetarian? We'll get it. Gluten? Of course. Halal? Salaam, if not salami. Kosher? Absolutely."

That is, they'll absolutely put it down in their records. But actually getting a piece of kosher meat on a tray is a matter frequently laden with difficulty.

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Terror as Israel jet blown off course

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2010

Airline passengers flying from Israel to Britain fainted when the pilot twice failed to land in gale-force winds.

The pilot of the Jet2 flight to Manchester struggled against winds of up to 80mph to wrestle the plane to within seconds of landing.

But he was forced to divert to East Midlands Airport, near Leicester, 80 miles away.

Many shaken and nauseous passengers chose to take taxis, costing up to £200, rather than the coaches provided by the airline to get home.

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Tel Aviv BA flight makes emergency landing due to fire warning

By Katie Taylor, November 18, 2010

A British Airways flight from Heathrow to Tel Aviv had to make an emergency landing this morning, after a suspected fire on board.

The BA flight 165 was diverted and landed in Brussels, after a flashing warning light in the cockpit.

The pilot diverted the flight as a precaution and all 166 passengers on board were evacuated in a normal disembarkation.

A passenger on board the Boeing 777, said: “The pilot was brilliant and very calm as indeed were the staff. I was told it was due to a suspected fire.

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Two Israelis killed after Negev plane crash

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

Two members of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) have been killed after their plane crashed in the Negev desert.

The bodies of Major Amichai Itkis, 28, and 30-year-old Major Immanuel Levy were found in the Ramon crater early on Thursday morning, after the crash he previous evening.

They had been flying an F-16I Sufa (Storm) fighter jet on a routine exercise. The IAF has temporarily suspended training flights for Sufa jets.

An IAF committee is investigating the cause of the disaster.

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Israeli fighter narrowly missed passenger jet

By Jessica Elgot, October 21, 2010

A British flight from Egypt which veered off course into Israeli airspace came close to crashing into an Israeli fighter jet.

The flight from Sharm-el-Sheikh was not supposed to enter Israeli airspace but flew too far north from Egypt's Taba area, over the Sinai Peninsula towards Eilat, flying 13 miles into Israeli airspace.

The plane came close to hitting Israeli Air Force F-16 jets, but an IAF supervising officer noticed the plane in time. The IAF is investigating the incident as a serious security breach.

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Travel chaos as Israeli air staff strike

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

Almost 30,000 people are expected to suffer disruption to flights to and from Israel in the lead-up to Yom Kippur because of a strike by Israeli airport staff.

Flights out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport have been grounded indefinitely.

Union officials said initially that planes would be allowed to land but that ground crews would not unload luggage. However they have now agreed to let passengers collect their luggage.

The strike has been organised by the Israel Airports Authority's employees' union following the breakdown of negotiations over the use of staff pension funds.

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Direct Eilat flights in the pipeline

By Jan Shure, August 26, 2010

The world's largest travel group, TUI, will launch direct flights and tourism packages to Eilat, from both London and Manchester, for the 2011 winter season.

The move was announced this week by senior TUI managers following meetings in Israel with Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnkov.

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This is no way to serve the UK market

By Jan Shure, August 12, 2010

It seems inconceivable that El Al has introduced feeder flights for Eilat - presumably with the intention of making the resort more accessible for winter sun holidays - while making it almost impossible for its core market to get there quickly and conveniently.

The UK market used to be the number one for the Red Sea resort: 45,000 of us flocked there in 1997; just 5,000 of us went in 2003.

Some of the decline is attributable to wars, political factors and changing tastes, but most in the industry believe it's largely due to the difficulty of getting to Eilat for a winter sun holiday.

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El Al's 16 hour 'accessible' flight to Eilat

By Jan Shure, August 12, 2010

The announcement by El Al of new flights designed to make Eilat more accessible to Britons has been given a cool reception by the travel industry.

The airline has inaugurated three flights a day, from Sunday to Thursday, between Ben-Gurion and Eilat, and one flight a day on Friday and Saturday. For passengers booking an El Al flight from London, the onward Eilat fare is just £7.

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