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[Haaretz.com] One of the two companies would specialize in premium long-haul flights to destinations such as the U.S. and the Far East, while the second would compete against low-cost airlines on European routes.

One would fly premium long-haul the U.S. and the Far East, the other would compete with low-cost European airlines

One would fly premium long-haul the U.S. and the Far East, the other would compete with low-cost European airlines: Photo Thomas Becker (All Rights Reserved)

El Al Israel Airlines is considering splitting into two companies as part of a new strategic plan – a low-cost carrier and a premium carrier.

Indeed, the airline needs efficiency measures and might face new competition due to the open-skies agreement that Israel signed with the European Union.

One of the two companies would specialize in premium long-haul flights to destinations such as the United States and the Far East, while the second would compete against low-cost airlines on European routes.

The two firms would share the same management.

The long-haul company would use El Al’s new wide-body planes, including Boeing 777s. The planes would be upgraded with fully reclining seats, and ticket prices would be set accordingly.

The second company would use El Al’s smaller planes, including Boeing 737s. This would help it compete against low-cost airlines, which are expected to increase Israeli operations once the open-skies treaty takes effect.

“The company is working to develop a strategic plan involving its future structure,” El Al said.

The company lost $49 million last year, and management is in…..

Read the complete article at The Marker….


By Zohar Blumenkrantz
Published 24th April 2012


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[ynetnews.com] Pegasus Airlines to launch new Tel Aviv-Istanbul route with flights priced at only $70 one way.

Turkish Deputy Minister of Tourism Ozgur Ozaslan expressed his hopes that Israeli travelers would return to his country

Turkish Deputy Minister of Tourism Ozgur Ozaslan expressed his hopes that Israeli travelers would return to his country.

The recent drop in the number of Israeli tourists traveling to Turkey and the ongoing diplomatic rift between the two countries has not stopped Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines from announcing Tel Aviv as its newest destination.

The low-cost air carrier is set to launch its Istanbul-Tel Aviv route on June 18. Tickets, which have already gone on sale, are to start at $69.99 one way, including taxes and fees. The airline is to operate six weekly flights each way. Travelers wishing to continue to destinations beyond Istanbul are given the option to purchase the additional flight for a moderate fee.

Time will tell whether the lucrative pricing would be enough to lure Israelis back to Turkey.

Despite the fact that ties between the two countries reached a historic low following an IDF raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound maritime flotilla in May 2010, and the subsequent expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ankara, Turkey continued to woo Israelis at the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market in Tel Aviv earlier this year….

Read the full story at ynetnews.com…..


Aviel Magnezi
Published: 23rd April 2012



[Mancunian Matters] EasyJet unveiled their first flight route between Manchester Airport and Tel Aviv, Israel, this week.

The news will surely be welcomed by members of Manchester’s Jewish community

The news will surely be welcomed by members of Manchester’s Jewish community

he budget airline will fly twice weekly between the two cities from November 1 of this year, and passengers are hoping the famously low-cost airline will provide serious competition for other tour operators currently offering the route, such as Jet2.com and British Airways.

EasyJet UK commercial manager Ali Gayward said the company was inspired to introduce the new route due to the cultural link between the North West of England and Israel.

She said: “The service will offer great opportunities for both British and Israeli travellers wishing to travel between two of the world’s great cities.”

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) said: “Tel Aviv is a popular destination that’s increasing in prominence and we know that it’s very popular for passengers returning to the North West and seeing friends and family in Israel.”

The news will surely be welcomed by members of Manchester’s Jewish community, which is estimated to have a population of around 30,000…..

Read the full story at Mancunian Matters…..


By Shanna McGoldrick
Saturday, April 21, 2012