El Al hung photos of the missing and the kidnapped, including their names and "Bring Him/Her Home!," on the seats of the cargo flight that left Monday night from New York. The company said in a statement that the photos were hung "as a symbol and hope for their return to Israel."
The 787-9 Dreamliner was loaded with cargo worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, which includes essential medical equipment, including first aid kits, tourniquets, dressing equipment, stretchers intended for EMS and equipment for hospitals. The cargo also includes thermal clothing for IDF soldiers and civilian equipment purchased for families the wrapper The flight is being operated as part of El Al's Flight and Aid to Israel operation, the Phoenix Group and the Amudim foundation.
The flight on Monday night joined the two flights that landed in Israel last week with more than 30 tons of cargo on board, including a large amount of essential equipment from New York. The cargo that was transported to Israel last week was collected and donated by the Amudim and Israel Friends US organizations and was flown with funding from El Al and the associations.
El Al, which was heavily criticized for refusing to operate an extensive flight schedule on Shabbat, has carried more than 200,000 passengers since the beginning of the war, of which more than 100,000 returned to Israel. During this period, the company operated approximately 1,400 flights, dozens of which were reinforcement flights that it added as needed to repatriate Israelis from various destinations around the world. In addition, the company stated that it is working to allow vital cargo to be flown to Israel from various destinations as needed and to be the bridge connecting Israel to the world on normal days and in emergencies.