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Israir To Start Flying To US In Summer  
User currently offlineEl Al 001 From Israel, joined Oct 1999, 1063 posts, RR: 2
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Israir to start flying to US in summer.

Israir will start flying to the US in competition with El Al Airlines, which conducts regular flights to the US; El Al subsidiary Sun D'or, which operates charter flights, and US airline Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL), which flies to New Jersey.
Israir will operate charter flights three times a week. The company believes that since TWA halted its flights and Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL) left the market, an opportunity has been created for another company on the route. Israir claims its charter flights will satisfy the large demand expected in the summer months and restore competition to the route.

The flights will commence on July 1, 2002. Prices will vary from $700 to $800, which is lower than Continental and El Al's summer prices.

Published by Israel's Business Arena.
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Israir, which opearets 4 ATR42s and a single 757 (leased from LY) on domestic and charter services, is looking for a 747 lease to operate those flights.

The interesting thing is that Israir's CEO, Sabina Biran, used to be the Israeli executive of bankrupcy Tower Air when it used to fly.
Tower Air, for those of you who dont remember, used to operate JFK-TLV-JFK services with old 747s on a low-cost basis, which is exactly what Israir plans to do.
The 747 would be configured with 460 seats and would fly nonstop 3 times a week between TLV and JFK.

El Al's Sun D'or would also offer such a low-cost service this summer, same like it did one year ago.

Any ideas from who the 747 might come from?? Theres no much info available regarding the upcoming 747 lease... although I was told that Israir is already negotiationing with several airlines/leasing companies.

Michael


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