Photo Credit: Moshe Shai / Flash 90
Archive photo of Israel's EL AL Airlines Boeing planes, parked at the Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, Israel, on March 16, 2018.

Israel’s national carrier, El Al Airlines has been chosen to fly an Israeli-US delegation to and from Bahrain this coming Sunday.

The members of the delegation will include diplomats and representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office and the White House, according to the Globes business news website.

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The purpose of the visit is to follow up on the historic document signed at the White House in September by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

History Made: Israeli, US Delegations Arrive from Tel Aviv via EL AL Airlines in Abu Dhabi for Talks

El Al also operated the historic flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi in August, during which major Israeli and US officials visited the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier this week, history was made when the UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airlines flew over Israel for the first time en route between Milan and Abu Dhabi.

‘An Historic Moment’ as Etihad Airlines Flies Over Israel

The flight route was made possible after an aviation agreement was signed last week by Israel and Jordan, allowing overflights through Israeli and Jordanian air space. The move considerably shortens the flight time from Gulf states, Asia and the Far East to Europe and North America.

Next week, Etihad Airways has joined up with Maman Group to fly a delegation of dozens of Israeli tourist agents from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi for meetings there with their UAE counterparts.

Direct flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi and Dubai are set to begin in January 2021; Israir and Arkia Airlines are ready to operate the flights as soon as an agreement has been signed, according to Globes.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.