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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.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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. “

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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