UAE commercial flight lands for the first time in Israel

The Etihad flight will return to Abu Dhabi later in the day carrying businessmen, tourism industry executives and journalist; Flight captain says historic flight was made possible by the actions of brave leaders as he expressed hope for peace and harmony in the region

Itay Blumenthal|Updated:
A commercial flight from the UAE landed for the first time, at Ben Gurion International Airport on Monday.
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  • The Etihad 787-10 Dreamliner arrived with 58 passengers on board and was greeted in a festive ceremony.
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    First UAE commercial flight lands at Ben Gurion Airport
    "We are very excited to be here," the flight's captain Saleh Abdullah said. "Hopefully this is the beginning of a good relationship between UAE and Israel and if someone asked me a few months ago if I would be here making a speech in Tel Aviv, I would have said this is impossible," he said.
    Etihad Captain Saleh Abdullah speaks upon the landing of the first commercial flight from UAE

    "Because we have brave men who believe in peace and we have Mohammed bin Zayed and Benjamin Netanyahu, because of them, they work together and we have peace," Captain Abdullah said adding he hoped the region would all live, in peace and harmony.
    On Tuesday, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will a sign a deal to allow 28 weekly commercial flights between Ben Gurion airport, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Transportation Ministry said on Sunday.
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    First commercial flight from UAE lands at Ben Gurion Aiport
    The aviation deal will be signed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion airport and flights are expected to begin within weeks, the ministry said.
    The Etihad airliner will return later in today to Abu Dhabi carrying Israeli businessmen, tourism industry executives and journalists.

    First published: 09:05, 10.19.20
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