El Al Airlines was established on this day in 1948

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The national airline of Israel
Common clues: Mideast carrier; Flight from Israel?;
Flier to Tel Aviv; Israeli airline; It lands at Ben Gurion; Carrier since 1948; Airline with a kosher menu
Crossword puzzle frequency: 9 times a year
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El Al Israel Airlines is the national airline of Israel. It is based at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv and uses the IATA designator LY.

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 777 in the latest (2003) colour scheme on the approach to London (Heathrow) Airport (UK). Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in September 2003 and released to the public domain.

El Al was completely owned by the Israeli government, but a move to privatize began on June 12, 2003 when its shares debuted on the Tel Aviv stock exchange. The airline is renowned for the thorough security on its check-ins and planes and is thought to be the world's most secure airline.

El Al currently employs a fleet of about 30 aircraft, all Boeings (737, 747, 757, 767, and 777 models).

Significant moments

  • 1948 September: El Al's inaugural flight brings the Israel's first president, Chaim Weizman, home from Geneva.

  • 1961 June First non-stop New York/Tel Aviv flight on a Boeing 707 sets the world record for longest non-stop commercial flight covering 5,760 miles in 9 hours, 33 minutes.

  • 1991 May 24 An El Al Boeing 747 airlifts a record-breaking 1,087 passengers - Ethiopian Jews flying from Addis Ababa to Israel as part of Operation Solomon.

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