מטוס אל על נחיתה נמל תעופה אבו דאבי איחוד האמירויות
The El Al plane carrying the Israeli-American peace delegations to Abu Dhabi
Photo: Reuters
The El Al plane carrying the Israeli-American peace delegations to Abu Dhabi

El Al to fly first cargo flight to Dubai by an Israeli carrier

The Sept. 16 flight via Belgium to Dubai which is expected to become a weekly event, is scheduled to carry agricultural and high tech products

Reuters |
Published: 09.03.20 , 15:51
El Al Airlines said on Thursday it would operate the first cargo flight to Dubai by an Israeli carrier on Sept. 16.
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  • The first flight, using a Boeing 747 jet, will travel to Belgium and from there to Dubai, carrying agricultural and high tech products. It will later become a weekly flight, leaving Israel every Wednesday and returning to Israel on Fridays.
    מטוס אל על נחיתה נמל תעופה אבו דאבי איחוד האמירויותמטוס אל על נחיתה נמל תעופה אבו דאבי איחוד האמירויות
    The El Al plane carrying the Israeli-American peace delegations to Abu Dhabi
    (Photo: Reuters)
    El Al said the new route will be an "import and export" link to Dubai and further east.
    An Israeli delegation visited Abu Dhabi on a historic trip earlier this week to finalize a pact to open up relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
    El Al flew the delegation and received permission from Saudi Arabia, which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, to cross over its territory en route to the UAE's capital of Abu Dhabi.
    On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli airliners will be allowed to fly directly to the UAE, shortly after Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to all flights to and from the UAE.
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    National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, U.S. President's Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and UAE's National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan hold a meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    (Photo: GPO)
    Israeli officials have played up the economic benefits of the accord, which once formalized would include agreements on tourism, technology, energy, healthcare and security, among other areas.
    El Al has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak and is in advanced negotiations for a government bailout to avoid bankruptcy. It has reported losses for two years running and racked up debt to renew its fleet, suspended flights when Israel closed its borders and furloughed most of its employees.
    Israeli-Russian businessman David Sapir this week offered to buy joint control of El Al, one of three offers currently on the table, while the airline is in talks with the government on a bailout package.

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