0.2 C
Moscow
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Etihad, El Al Sign MOU As UAE Airline Announces Service to Tel Aviv – AirlineGeeks.com

Must read

Former Thai Airways CEO Jailed For Using Position To Avoid Luggage Fees

The former chairman of Thai Airways has been sentenced for two years for failing to pay for excess baggage. The case found that Wallop...

India Extends International Flight Ban Until 2021

India has extended its international flight ban to last until December 31st, 2020. While the general international flight ban remains in place, some international...

Comau robots ‘proud’ to have built new Fiat 500

Comau robots ‘proud’ to have built new Fiat 500

Blockchain-based environmental drones ‘can help fight water pollution’, say scientists

Blockchain-based environmental drones ‘can help fight water pollution’, say scientists

Etihad, El Al Sign MOU As UAE Airline Announces Service to Tel Aviv

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Etihad Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with El Al Israel Airlines. The MOU follows the signing in September in Washington D.C. of a historic ‘normalization of relations’ agreement between the two states.

Announcing the virtual signing of the MOU Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said in a press statement: “Following EL AL’s historic flight to Abu Dhabi, the first-ever flight between Israel and the UAE, this MOU is the foundation of what we envision will be a strong ongoing relationship between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv. We look forward to examining ways in which the two flag carriers – Etihad and EL AL – can work more closely together to improve business operations and enhance the experience for our guests.”

The MOU scope includes provision for joint codeshare services; plans to offer reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ on frequent flyer programs; and cooperation in the fields of Engineering and Cargo services in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.

Gonen Usishkin Chief Executive Officer of EL AL added: “Following the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE, we have been provided a great opportunity to examine the possibility of cooperation with Etihad Airways. This MOU is only the start and we believe that together, the two flag carriers will be able to provide our mutual customers with the best possible product and service.”

The signing of the MOU follows an announcement earlier this week that Etihad will begin regularly scheduled flights to Tel Aviv from 28 March 2021. Etihad became the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Tel Aviv on 19 October.

Fellow GCC member Bahrain also signed the normalization of relations agreement with Israel in September. Flight Global reported this week that Gulf Air operated a special service from Manama to Tel Aviv on Wednesday but has no plans at present to commence a regular service between the countries.

However, the state-owned carrier flydubai will be the first UAE airline will be the first to operate regular commercial services with the commencement of flights from November 26. flydubai will operate a twice-daily service to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) with Emirates code-sharing on the flights. The 14 weekly flights constitute half of the agreed commercial passenger services allowed under the bilateral agreement signed last month between the two countries.

El Al has not yet announced plans to operate services to the UAE as it continues to gradually increase its network as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. In the coming weeks, the Israeli airline will restart services to Moscow, Newark, Berlin and Brussels.

John Flett
Latest posts by John Flett (see all)



Source link

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Former Thai Airways CEO Jailed For Using Position To Avoid Luggage Fees

The former chairman of Thai Airways has been sentenced for two years for failing to pay for excess baggage. The case found that Wallop...

India Extends International Flight Ban Until 2021

India has extended its international flight ban to last until December 31st, 2020. While the general international flight ban remains in place, some international...

Comau robots ‘proud’ to have built new Fiat 500

Comau robots ‘proud’ to have built new Fiat 500

Blockchain-based environmental drones ‘can help fight water pollution’, say scientists

Blockchain-based environmental drones ‘can help fight water pollution’, say scientists

Their Teeth Fell Out. Was It Another Covid-19 Consequence?

While Ms. Khemili had become more diligent about her dental care, she had a history of dental issues before contracting the coronavirus. When she...
Translate »