A very close friend of mine is traveling to TLV this November after the election. She and her group were supposed to fly Israir from I believe EWR or JFK to TLV. She told me, they are not flying anymore. She also told me they didn't have the greatest reputation at least from a consumer/passenger's perspective. All I know is their fleet was mainly Air Bus jets and a Boeing 767. Any more information on this carrier. What other types were in their fleet? What US destinations were served?
An225 From Israel, joined May 2005, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2675 times:
Israir has terminated the lease contract of their A330 due to the high fuel costs, fierce competition and small market share on the EWR-TLV route. After the Jewish holidays, which mean in another two weeks from now, their operation on the route will be terminated completely.
Their fleet consists of ATR42's and leased two A320.
Regarding your friend, since she booked a scheduled flight and not charter (which Israir specializes on), she will be probably transferred to another carrier's flight - probably LY.
I suggest that besides the above info your friend should contact ISR offices in NY and/or ask her travel agent (if she booked from one).
P.S. Mestrugo, although you are right there is no need to be rude.
Q120 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
wow by reading about them in wiki, didn't sound like they were all up to par with everything. that's quite a few incidents for such a short time. I'm pretty disappointed considering this is an Israeli airline.... but again its no EL AL.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results
AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
A little background on Israir JFK history...
Israir started TLV-JFK back in 2004 with a leased 767-300 from Icelandair (TF-FIA, now flying with EL AL) and then TF-FIC, now flying with Varig. Last year the lease terminated on TF-FIC and Israir leased a World MD-11 (retro bird) to operate the route and then a EuroAtlantic 767-300 until they were able to get a lease on an A330. There was a period of time, 3 or 4 moths, when TLV-JFK was not operated by Israir until the A330 was delivered to them. The A330-200 was delivered factory fresh to Air Comet as EC-KDF and was originally destined for Eurofly.
I believe Israir was operating to JFK 3 times a week with two days having early morning arrivals and afternoon departures while the other had an afternoon arrival and late night departure.
Continental, EL AL, and Delta were the competitors to Israir on the route and were successful in running them out.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2320 times:
Israir was the airline involved in the incident at JFK where they blundered onto the runway as another airplane was taking off. They then tried to cover it up and downplay the significance of what had happened.
I'm very glad to see that they won't be flying to the US anymore. Good riddance.
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Pffffffff.... if only you knew the number of almost-accidents LY has been involved in during the past few years... but yes, 6H reputation in everything is far from being good. passengers often choose them for the price only.