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Arkia Retires The Dash 7  
User currently onlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1295 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

Last week arkia made it’s last scheduled Dash 7 flight, and later on this month all last 4 operational Dash 7 planes will leave Israel to their buyer in the USA. This means the End of 29 years of service of the Dash 7 in Israel, 15 of them the plane was the sole operating airplane on Israel’s domestic routes.

The De Havilland Canada DHC 7 arrived to Israel in 1981 aimed to replace the Viscounts and Heralds. The DHC 7 proved to fit just right to the Israeli domestic aviation market, operating not only from Ben Gurion, Dov Hoz and Eilat Hozman, but also from Mahanaiim, Haifa and Kiryat Shmona. Arkia had 12 Dash 7 during the years, making it the world largest operator of Dash 7 airplanes.

Between 1981 to 1996 the Dash 7 was the sole plane operating in the Israeli domestic market. In 1996 Israir entered service ATR-42 planes, and in 1999 arkia started replacing the Dash 7 with new ATR 72-500s (choosing them over the Dash 8-Q400). This year, Arkia recived it’s latest ATR 72-500 (4X-AVT) and the 2 last remaining Dash 7 were removed from service, one in January and the last one a week ago (4X-AHF).

My first flight was on the Dash 7: During the Gulf war in 1991, my city, Ramat Gan, was bombarded by Scad missiles from Iraq. During that time, my father was told by his boss that he needs to go on a business trip to Finland. He refused, saying that he can’t leave his wife, his 2 kids (I was 5 years old and my brother was 3) so as his old mother alone when our homes were under constant bombardment. Wherefore, they reached a compromise: while my father is abroad, his family will go on the company’s expense to Eilat. Eilat was not targeted by Iraq because just few km east of the city the Jordanian port of Aqaba, Iraq’s gateway to the sea during the war, is located, and also not to take the chance of hitting Jordan, Saddam’s ally.

Even tough I was young, I remember some parts of the flights: the landing year go ‘into’ the engine after takeoff, the 2 propellers on the wing and some flight view. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to fly the Dash 7 again.

Source (in Hebrew): http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3859265,00.html


"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
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User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

Quoting EL-AL (Thread starter):
My first flight was on the Dash 7: During the Gulf war in 1991, my city, Ramat Gan, was bombarded by Scad missiles from Iraq. During that time, my father was told by his boss that he needs to go on a business trip to Finland. He refused, saying that he can’t leave his wife, his 2 kids (I was 5 years old and my brother was 3) so as his old mother alone when our homes were under constant bombardment. Wherefore, they reached a compromise: while my father is abroad, his family will go on the company’s expense to Eilat. Eilat was not targeted by Iraq because just few km east of the city the Jordanian port of Aqaba, Iraq’s gateway to the sea during the war, is located, and also not to take the chance of hitting Jordan, Saddam’s ally.

Its amazing how one can have such feelings towards an aircraft, nevertheless play a part in a moment in ones life. What a story!



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User currently onlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

Do regional Israeli airports have the sort of short runways or difficult conditions that make a Dash 7 necessary?

User currently offlineDUALRATED From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

Great airplane great airline , I thought the Dash's left long ago.

So long Dash-sheva you will be missed.


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