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El AL Passengers Scramble After Middle of the Night Flight Change

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Surprised El AL passengers on Flight 001 to NY, scrambled Tuesday morning to get to the airport on time.

El Al initially delayed their flight from 12:45 AM to 11:00 AM later in the morning, sending SMS alerts and automated phone calls to passengers after pilots called a wildcat strike delaying up to 5 flights on the NY and Hong Kong lines.

But after passengers went to sleep thinking their flight would be at 11:00 AM, El Al sent out a new SMS at around 10:30 PM, notifying passengers that the flight’s time has been changed again, and has now has been moved up to 9:00 AM.

Passengers who woke up in the morning and saw the new SMS for the first time had to scramble to reach the airport in time.

One passenger told JewishPress.com, “I happened to glance at my phone in the morning and saw the message. I grabbed everything and rushed to the airport. I almost missed my flight. How could El Al act so irresponsibly?”

El Al check-in clerks nodded in reaction to passenger complaints about the multiple surprise time changes, but didn’t respond with any comments.

A few months ago, El AL suddenly and unexpectedly cancelled its points sharing arrangement with the American HAS credit card company, leaving angry HAS card holders with tens of thousands of accumulated points that could no longer be directly converted towards El Al flights.

El Al to Add Direct Flights Between Boston and Tel Aviv

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

After decades without direct flights between the two cities, Israel’s El Al airlines will soon begin offering nonstop flights between Boston’s Logan Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. The direct route should be in place by late spring 2015, the AP reported.

There will be direct flights between the two cities three days per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flights will depart from Boston at 9:00 p.m., arriving in Tel Aviv at 3:05 p.m. the next day. The flights will leave Ben Gurion at 12:30 a.m. and arrive at Boston’s Logan at 5:45 a.m. the following day.

Josh Katzen, a businessman based in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, was thrilled to hear there will once again be direct flights from Boston to Israel.

“I go to Israel two to three times per year,” Katzen said, “El Al serviced Boston years ago and it used to be a pleasure to fly direct from here, especially in the winter, when getting to JFK or Newark can be a real risk.”

For decades now the flight back from Israel has meant that Boston area residents would first land at John F. Kennedy Airport or at Newark Airport at 5:00 in the morning.

“I was always jealous of people who lived in the greater New York area who, when we landed at JFK or Newark at the crack of dawn would be home by 6:00 a.m., while I’d have to sit around in the airport until 8:00 a.m. to get a flight which didn’t arrive at Logan Airport until 9:00 a.m.,” Katzen told The Jewish Press. “Who wants to sit around in an airport for several hours at 5:00 in the morning after flying all night from Israel?

Boston had been the fourth largest market with service to Tel Aviv that did not have nonstop flights.

“Direct flights from Boston to Tel Aviv: a development that will only enhance the links between two of the most dynamic business arenas in the world. Further, it will allow those of us who organize Israel missions easier travel arrangements. No more New York City, Newark or Philly layover,” Rabbi Jon Hausman told The Jewish Press.

Hausman is the rabbi at Ahavath Torah Congregation which is in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

“I travel to Israel several times a year. Ten hour travel time rather than 15 hours or longer? I’ll take it,” Hausman said.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the direct flights to Tel Aviv and back will open up new commercial and economic opportunities for Massachusetts and the region.

El Al to Fly to Boston Next Summer

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

El Al Airlines will begin flying in and out of Boston three times a week with a 216-seat Boeing 767 plane starting next June, the company announced Tuesday.

The flights will leave Israel at 12:30 a.m. and arrive in Boston at 5:45 a.m., similar to the popular 1 a.m. flight to JFK.

Similarly, the return flight will leave Logan Airport in Boston at 3:05 p.m. and land in Ben Gurion Airport at 9 p.m. the following day.

The addition of Boston to the New York, Newark and Los Angeles routes reflects the growing economic links between Israel and Massachusetts, which sent a large trade delegation to Israel earlier this year.

“The appetite for it runs deep. The excitement about it is broad, and we are convinced that both the load and the yield will be as good for El Al as I know the route will be for us,” said state Gov. Deval Patrick.

Approximately 200 companies with connections in Israel operate in Massachusetts and employ nearly 7,000 people, mostly in the health care and high-tech industries.

El Al formerly has operate flights from Baltimore and Miami but later suspended them.

Haredim Claim Delta Overbooked and Falsely Blamed Them for Delay

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

A group of Haredi Jews have claimed that Delta Airlines tried to cover up their own mistake of overbooking and instead blamed Haredim for a 75-minute delay in take-off, according to the Kikar Shabbat Haredi website.

As reported here on Wednesday, several Haredim left the plane after the airline crew refused to allow them to sit in unassigned seats to avoid having to travel next to someone of the opposite sex.

That is not the what happened, claimed travelers who spoke with Kikar Shabbat.

“The airline messed up and threw their mistake on Haredi passengers,” one of the sources said. “Delta overbooked with 25 extra passengers, and when the company realized the embarrassment, they offered people a credit of $1,000 and a hotel room. A number of passengers jumped on the opportunity and disembarked, but it took around two hours before they could get their luggage off the plane.”

The source also claimed that the allegation that Haredim refused to sit in assigned seats is misleading because the overbooking caused a mix-up on where to sit. Yeshiva students on the plane wanted to sit with their friends and probably did not want to sit next to women, but this was no reason for the take-off to be delayed, they argued.

Several passengers who talked with Kikar Shabbat said they were prepared to go to court to defend the Haredim. “It appears that Delta goofed and decided to place all of the blame on Haredi Jews,” they asserted.

The company stated, “Delta Airlines flight 468 from New York, which was expected to land at Ben Gurion Airport at 14:35 pm, arrived an hour and a quarter late due to passengers who alighted from the plane before take-off. We had to delay the departure of the aircraft in order to locate their luggage and return it to them. “

Haredim Delay Delta Flight because of Mixed Seating

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Haredim extremists demanding that men and women not sit next to each on the airplane again have succeeded in creating anti-Semitism as well as delaying a flight, and this time it was Delta and not El Al.

A group of Haredim boarded Flight 484 from New York to Tel Aviv on Tuesday and immediately made a commotion, according to Haaretz.

It can be safely assumed that this was not the first time in their lives they boarded an airplane so it is a bit difficult to understand why they waited to parade into the parade before starting an uproar by refusing to sit in their assigned seats, lest they be smitten on the spot for sitting next to someone of the opposite sex.

Haredi men and women participated in the spectacle. Rather than committing an unforgiveable sin that is shared by no other people in the world except for your neighborhood fanatic Muslim, they did everyone on board a favor by getting off the plane.

Takeoff was delayed for 75 minutes until their baggage could be removed.

It is not known if they will get their money back, but it would be a shame if they do not feel financial pain for their spiritual insecurity.

There is no Jewish law forbidding a man and a woman to sit next to each other in separate chairs. It is easily argued that doing so can lead to immodesty – perhaps one may touch the other when tripping over a sleepy passenger’s legs on the way to the bathroom.

So let’s give the Haredim the benefit of the doubt that they are so cautious about modesty, or so screwed up that they break out in a sweat when they sit next to someone of the same gender.

After all, if that is they want to be Jewish, let them have a good time their own way.

But they know very well that seats are assigned at the ticket counter. All they have to do is tell the airline ticket agent, “I would prefer to sit next to an Ebola patient rather than someone from the opposite you know what.”

So why a fuss on the airplane?

There can be only one answer: They really are not in a hurry to fly anywhere.

And they like creating a bad name for Jews, especially for the majority of Haredim who are normal.

But everyone on the Delta flight really should thank the extremist Haredim. After they disembarked, everyone else had a lot more leg room.

EL Al May Be Violating US Law, NY Lawyer Says

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A New York attorney claimed that some El Al Airlines’ policies may violate U.S. law in the wake of delays on flights because Haredi men refused to sit next to women.

Iris Richman, who holds the title of rabbi, posted on the Facebook page of Jewish Voices Together, a citation of federal law that states, “An air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry.”

Richman told Haaretz that she called the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division and was informed that the department was “willing to investigate any situation where any employee of a carrier, i.e steward/ess participated in asking someone to change a seat because of their gender.”

Her post followed two days after the launch of an online petition calling on El Al to provide a small section of gender-segregated seats for an extra fee. More than 3,000 people have signed the petition, which also charges that the Israeli airline permits “female passengers to be bullied, harassed and intimidated into switching seats which they rightfully paid for and were assigned to.”

El Al maintains that it does not discriminate against passengers. An airline spokeswoman told Haaretz, “Our policy in general is to try to accommodate any customer request.”

 

JetBlue, EL AL, To Codeshare, Connecting Tel Aviv With 35 US Destinations

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Republished from Jewish Business News.

EL AL Israel Airlines and JetBlue Airways on Monday filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking approval to codeshare, according to a MarketWired press release.

A codeshare agreement is an aviation business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight, so that each airline publishes and markets the flight under its own airline designator and flight number as part of its published schedule. A seat can be purchased on each airline’s designator and flight number, but is actually operated by only one of these cooperating airlines. Many major airlines today have code sharing partnerships.

Subject to government approval, EL AL will place its “LY” code on select JetBlue flights to and from JFK and Newark, which will presumably expand the options for EL AL customers throughout the United States.

Currently EL AL offers 22 weekly nonstop flights from Tel Aviv to New York. Having stopped in JFK or Newark, customers may connect with 35 JetBlue destinations, including Boston, Chicago/O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Houston/Hobby, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco, San Juan, Washington/Dulles and West Palm Beach.

JetBlue serves 86 cities across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.

David Maimon, President and CEO of EL AL, said, “We are proud to expand our cooperation with JetBlue, which is such a successful and highly reputable airline. The agreement between EL AL and JetBlue is a partnership that offers passengers more convenient options between Israel and North America. This improved agreement highlights the EL AL strategy to operate a global airline in an effort to advance tourism between Israel and the U.S.A.”

“We are delighted to move toward closer cooperation with EL AL, an important partner of JetBlue’s for many years, and make it even easier for customers to book travel with our airlines,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s president.

EL AL and JetBlue have been interline partners since 2010, allowing customers to purchase single-ticket itineraries, combining travel on both airlines.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jetblue-el-al-to-codeshare-connecting-tel-aviv-with-35-us-destinations/2014/09/29/

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