Shlomoz From Israel, joined Jun 2000, 95 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
While boarding my flight last night in TLV, I noticed one of LY's 744's had the "El Al" title missing from the sides of the ac and the "Shield of David" missing from the tail. The plane still had the blue-gray swirly stripes, which IMHO still ID's it as an LY plane - so why would they get rid of the titles? I'm sure it was a 744 (though couldn't make out the reg). Did they get a new 744? What gives?
With the old livery, the titles and the Israeli flag were removed when the planes were not flying El Al flights but were for instance operating for Arkia; since the introduction of the new livery, however, there were El Al planes seen flying even on Saturdays with the "whole" livery (although they were obviously not operating El Al flights...).
So I ignore the reason, but what you saw was for sure a 744 since no 742 has been painted in the new livery.
I bitterly miss the livery that should never have been changed (repetition...)
Alberto Riva From United States of America, joined May 2002, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1336 times:
Could it be that the titles are removed because of security concerns? In other words: if Israeli planes are less recognizable as such, they are less likely to be attacked. And we know that unfortunately they are indeed the targets of terrorist attacks, like the Arkia 757 that had SAMs fired at it in Kenya.
Just an idea right off the bat. Does anybody know for sure?