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Union to Enforce 4th Commandment and Strike the Airport on Shabbat

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Religious coercion has come from the labor union, of all places, but not for the right reason.

The Histadrut announced on Thursday plans to strike the Ben Gurion Airport throughout this Shabbat – from sundown Friday until Saturday night – but don’t think we are on the eve of the Days of the Messiah.

The union’s problem is not Shabbat. Its complaint is that the Ben Gurion Airport Authority is employing too many contract workers, who are outside of the union.

The Histadrut planned to give those workers the chance to obey the Fourth Commandment, as written in Exodus (Shmot) 20, verses 8-11:

Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it.                       :

Six days may you work and perform all your labor;

But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord, your God; you shall perform no labor, neither you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your beast, nor your stranger who is in your cities.

For [in] six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.

The Airport Authority and the Histadrut have been talking for a month on the union’s demand to limit the number of contract workers, who now number approximately 500 along with 3,400 unionized employees.

The Histadrut planned to observe Jewish law to the hilt. It not only was going to enforce the Fifth Commandment by not working on Shabbat, but it also was not going to interfere with emergency services, which will operate as usual in line with the dictate that one must work on the Shabbat if it means saving a life.

Later on Thursday, the Histadrut reached an agreement with Airport Authority and called off the strike.

The planned strike came at the peak of the summer tourist season. Air traffic is relatively slow on the Sabbath, but nevertheless there are approximately 200 planes scheduled to take off and land this Shabbat.

El Al to Buy and Lease Boeing Dreamliners in $800M-900M Deal

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

El Al Airlines is in negotiations to add more than a dozen Dreamliner aircraft to its Boeing fleet, the company has announced.

El Al Chief Executive Officer David Maimon said in a statement, “I am proud to announce today (Aug. 6) the largest procurement program in El Al’s history.

“El Al’s board today authorized the company to hold talks with Boeing over the acquisition of wide-body Dreamliner aircraft for the purchase and lease of 15 planes in the next five years. This move is expected to be a significant leap forward in optimizing routes, passenger service and flight experience.”

Delivery of the new fuel-efficient 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners – an $800-$900 million order – would start in the first half of 2017 and continue through 2020, Maimon said.

Talks are expected to wrap up in the next few weeks, with the final price dependent on the final number aircraft. They will be used to replace the airline’s current aging planes on its medium and long-haul routes, including those to and from North American and Asia.

El Al also has the option to purchase 13 other aircraft from Boeing as well but did not offer details about that potential deal. The company has recently been acquiring other short-haul 737-900 aircraft to replace its aging line.

Green Lasers Target Blue and White Airplanes

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Flight LY81 departing from Ben Gurion Airport to Bangkok on Sunday night was targeted with a green laser at least 3 times, according to a passenger who contacted JNi.media. The passenger, who lives in Samaria, identified the laser beam as coming from the village of Beit Ur al-Tachta, some 15 miles from the airport.

Dozens of pilots in the US and Europe have reported being flashed with green laser beams. When somebody aims a laser at the cockpit, it can flash-blind the pilot to the point that he can’t see anything. If the beam gets both eyes, the pilot is disabled.

Last year, the FAA reported 3,894 laser incidents, and this year pilots in the US have already experienced more than 2,750 laser flashes.

An El Al spokesperson told JNi.media she could not confirm or deny the information, as the company does not keep a record of these incidents. According to the spokesperson, the green lasers pose no risk to El Al flights, and El Al complies with all security requirements.

Flight tracking websites such as Flight Aware help track the progress of flights to and from Ben Gurion. A terrorist living near the airport, looking to disrupt an El Al flight, could easily use websites like this to determine if the flight that just took off belongs to El Al.

Ben Gurion Airport Hits Peak in Passenger Traffic

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Approximately 70,000 passengers on 430 flights will have passed through Ben Gurion Airport by the end of Thursday, making it the busiest day of the year so far.

Tourism is up by approximately 7 percent, and 1.7 million passengers are expected to arrive and depart at the airport next month.

Israel suffered a sharp decline in tourism last August and September during Operation Protective Edge and now is rebounding.

Turkey, which Israel sunned two years ago after worsening relations, is back in favor and follows Greece as the favorite destination. Next in line are Italy and the year.
Slightly more than a quarter of passengers fly El Al.

El Al Flight Returns to Israel Half Way to JFK

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

The airline apparently thought it could save some money by not paying for expensive ground time at JFK

An El Boeing 747-400 plane carrying 342 passengers to New York turned back to Israel early Thursday after indications of low oil pressure in one engine. Safety apparently was not a consideration for flying to Israel since the plane could have reached JFK in the same amount of time.

The passengers and crew landed safely at Ben Gurion Airport five hours later.

Flight 340 was about 2300 miles northwest of Spain when it turned around, Aviation Herald reported. One talkback noted that although the return trip must have frustrated passengers, expensive ground time at JFK probably was the reason for returning to Israel.

El Al also may have considered it more practical and efficient to repair the engine in Israel and reload the passengers on another airplane.

El Al Pilots Dispute Leads to Flight Cancellation BGA to NYC

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

An El Al flight scheduled to leave Monday from Ben Gurion Airport and fly to New York City was cancelled after initial delays. The cancellation has been attributed to a labor dispute.

El Al flight #LY001 was scheduled to leave Israel at 12:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6. The flight’s takeoff was delayed until 9:30 a.m., local time, and then was finally cancelled. El Al’s flight #LY007, scheduled to leave Ben Gurion Airport for New York at 9:40 a.m. is now listed as delayed with an estimated departure time of 6:15 p.m.

“Unfortunately, despite a labor court decision calling on pilots to return to work immediately, they are continuing to disrupt the flight schedule,” Ynet quoted El Al.

It appears that only flights from Israel to New York are affected, as scheduled flights to both Paris and London departed this morning with only very minor delays.

The impending severe weather has only just begun to affect flight travel into and out of Israel. So far, flights into Ben Gurion Airport scheduled to land at Terminal 1 have been instructed to land instead at Terminal 3 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Blizzard conditions are being predicted for Wednesday in Israel. It is advisable to check for flight delays and cancellations at the Ben Gurion Airport website.

El Al ‘Noisiest’ Airline at Heathrow

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The British apparently take their noise levels very seriously – even at the airport.

El Al Airlines was rated the noisiest carrier at London’s Heathrow Airport for the period July – September 2014.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye penned a stern warning to El Al about the offensive noise produced by its aircraft during approach to landing (CDA, or continuous descent approach).

The airport chief executive said he’s “written to those airlines failing to meet Heathrow’s CDA standards, asking for engagement from their technical teams with the airport to increase CDA adherence.”

The quietest airlines over the same period were domestic and short-haul flights for British Airways, Virgin and Aer Lingus (Ireland).

The previous holder of the “noisiest” record in west London was the Polish airline, LOT.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/el-al-noisiest-airline-at-heathrow/2014/12/11/

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