El Al Israel Airlines
El Al Israel Airlines, officially Israeli Airline El Al Ltd., is the national airline of Israel. It operates international scheduled flights to destinations in Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East and is based at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. It was established in 1948 as the national Airline of Israel, from where it grew and became an international airline company.
In addition to being the most important of Israel’s national airlines and a symbol of professionalism and safety, EL AL has as strategic target which differentiates them by creating an exceptional, personal, flight experience of all the time – before, during and after the flight. The airline continuously develops their pre-flight services, including advanced internet services, which are highly convenient and save valuable time.
EL AL has been classified by the IATA as one of three most efficient airlines that exist. They provide an extensive global Coverage, supported by an international network with 77 sales offices, all with the incomparable Israeli Hospitality. The personal touch and friendly service makes the time fly and EL AL more than just a convenient way to travel. A unique combination and comforts and advantages which have garnered international attraction and made EL AL a preferred way to travel to all corners of the globe.
In September 1948 the airlines inaugural flight brings the country’s first president Chaim Weizman, back home after attending a conference in Geneva.
Between 1950 and 1956 the airline brings 160.000 immigrants to Israel from Yemen, Iran and India. In June of 1961, in the first direct flight between New York/Tel Aviv a Boeing 707 beats the world record for the longest commercial flight without impairments, covering 9269,821 kilometers in 9 hours and 33 minutes.
In April of 1980 First flight of the airline is made to Cairo.
In March of 1984 EL AL realizes its first intercontinental flight over the north Atlantic with a two turbines, Boeing 767 – from Montreal to Tel Aviv.
On May 30, 2003, as part of a privatization process of the airline, it and the State of Israel published a prospectus, placing shares and stock options of the company on sale. At the beginning of June of 2003 the company placed its share to be traded at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. June 2004, the airline ceases to be a government enterprise – After the public acquires shares and exercises options, the possession of the State in the company is less than 50% and the airline ceases to be a government enterprise, making it a joint enterprise.
On September 2005 The strategic plan of El Al Israel Airlines until 2010 is launched – The main objectives of the plan include a significant improvement in business results of the company until 2010. The plan includes a list of improvements in the personal experience of flight passengers, innovation, commercial initiative, operational excellence, fleet renewal and improvements in Loading and Maintenance, in addition to the cultivation of human resources.