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Special TR: Preparations For El Al Ind.day Flyover  
User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1240 posts, RR: 5
Posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 23111 times:

Hey Guys, a bit extra ordinary report, not exactly a “trip report”, but I think you will find it interesting.

Background:
I was invited by El Al Israel Airlines to see the pre-takeoff part of the airline’s Independence day flyover. On April 20th 2010 the State of Israel celebrated it’s 62nd independence day and this year, like last year, El Al made a flyover over Israel (in addition to the traditional IAF flyover) along the Mediterranean coast line and Jerusalem. 4 airliners took part in the flyover: B747-400 4X-ELD “Jerusalem”, B772 ECF “Shderot”, B762ER EAF “Dalyat el-Carmel” and B73G ELD “Ashkelon”.

At first, we were taken (myself and some other Israeli aviation fans) to one of the airline’s briefing rooms, where El Al chief pilot and CEO introduced the flyover procedure to the flight crews.

El Al CEO, (ret) Gen. Eliezer Shkedi (former head of the IAF) in the briefing room:
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El Al A340-600 model:
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Then, El Al bus took us to the airside where the jets parked, near the airport fire station:
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On the way, I saw Sun Dor’s B752 4X-EBS that took me from Bulgaria 6 months ago:
http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/917/imgp4137.jpg

So as Arkia’s latest addition to the fleet, ATR 72-600 4X-AVT:
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Then the moment we all waited for – 4 airliners park one after the other, from large to small - “Jerusalem”, the leader of the flyover:
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Followed by the other 3 birds:
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Nose view:


Other side:
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Tail and winglet:
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Airline logo:
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Flight crews and El Al CEO (in the blue shirt):
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While we stood there other LY jet, B772 4X-ECC “Sharon” was taken to maintenance:
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Shkedi briefs the crews prior to boarding:
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We were allowed to take few quick pics of the cabin (last time I was on board this B744 was in EWR...) – Business class maindeck cabin:
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First Class cabin:
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View during deplaning:
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Doors closed:
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Continental B772 (B78017) in star alliance colours taxi to takeoff:
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Just can’t get enough of it:
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“Spotting location”:
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Local media reporters:
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LY sister B744, ELB “Haifa” towed to maintenance, what gave us a nice photo opportunity of the jets together:

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Time to taxi to runway 26 – 744 first:

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Then the triple seven:
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Good old B762ER:
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Finely little B73G:
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Taxi in line:
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More photos, of other photographers, can be seen in this link (it is in Hebrew, but just open the massages with “jpg” attachments): http://www.tapuz.co.il/tapuzforum/ma...msg.asp?forum=1151&msgid=140767546

How eventually it all looked like? Well, last year, it looked like this:

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Photo © Amir Shapira



Some more shots from that day – Israir ATR42:
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El Al B738 EKP:
http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/6752/picture198ef.jpg

Aerosvit B734:
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/3703/picture204f.jpg

Terminal 1 arrival hall:
http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/338/picture212a.jpg

This is it, not a true “trip report”, still, I hope you guys find it interesting.

I would like to thank Liron, Idan and to all El Al crew for the invitation and warm hospitality. And to all fellow Israelis – חג עצמאות שמח!

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Please take a look at my other Trip Reports:
LCC In Spain: TLV-BCN-SVQ-REU With UX, VY & FR (by EL-AL Apr 18 2010 in Trip Reports)
Y Viva Espana! TLV-BCN-TLV; EL-AL 'basic' (+ Pics) (by EL-AL Jan 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
EL-AL At It's Best: TLV-MXP, FCO-TLV (+pics) (by EL-AL Oct 12 2009 in Trip Reports)
First Sun D'or Pax TR TLV-BOJ (new Link To Pics) (by EL-AL Sep 12 2009 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2010-04-20 16:15:27]


"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
17 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinejfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1389 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 22772 times:

Gorgeous "trip" report.

Hope you had a great Yom Haatzmaut.


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 22092 times:

Hi I would class this as a trip report , so dont worry lol... some brilliant photos and love the J class cabin.

Your photos are pretty unique and came out really well.

Thanks for the report.


OA260



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5006 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20885 times:

Hi, Jonathan,

another well done story.
Something really unique, for sure not the usual way of trip reports here and also for sure
something not to miss at all.

Great pictures.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 20721 times:

! אם ישראל חי

This is a wonderful report. As a proud Jew and aviation enthusiast, these photos mean a lot to me. I cannot wait to see TLV in person when I make my first trip to Israel in the coming months!



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User currently offlineLYChemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1065 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 19954 times:

This was better than a Trip Report. Thanks.

I assume Arkia's new ATR is 2nd hand? I just read they will operate to Aqaba 2 x a week.


User currently offlinedaviation From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 19945 times:

Thank you for the Wonderful Photos! These are the only two Israeli aircraft I have flown on.




PlaneFlown:717,727,737,747,757,767,777,DC8,DC9,DC10,L1011,F100,A300,319,320,321,330,340,CRJ,ERJ,E190,Av85,DH8,Beaver,ATR
User currently offlinely7e7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2232 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (3 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 19217 times:

And the actual thing:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elal/4541044226/sizes/l/in/photostream/



2 things are endless: ignorance and space
User currently offlinecastroprauxel From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 19172 times:

Thanks for the pics! wish there was also one of the F/CL from the front. just one question though:

Quoting EL-AL (Thread starter):

El Al A340-600 model

...What did I miss??


User currently offlineELAL772 From Israel, joined Jun 2008, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 18459 times:

Quoting castroprauxel (Reply 8):
What did I miss??

Nothing. LY's wishful thinking.


User currently offlinechootie From Germany, joined May 2007, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17977 times:

Hi!!!

GREAT TR!!

Damn wish I could be so lucky as to be specially invited to something that cool!!

Thanks for the wonderful pictures.      



chootie
User currently offlineTWA757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17647 times:

Awesome! Thank you for sharing!

User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 17284 times:

Quoting ly7e7 (Reply 7):
And the actual thing:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elal/4541044226/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Cool pic.   



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1240 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 16662 times:

Quoting jfk69 (Reply 1):
Gorgeous "trip" report.

Thx.

Quoting jfk69 (Reply 1):
Hope you had a great Yom Haatzmaut.

can you think of a better way spending it then standing next to those jets?

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the report.

You welcome.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
another well done story.
Something really unique, for sure not the usual way of trip reports here and also for sure
something not to miss at all.

Great pictures.

Thank you.

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 4):
This is a wonderful report

Thx.

Quoting LYChemsa (Reply 5):
This was better than a Trip Report. Thanks.

You welcome. Hope to be inside one of the jets next time  
Quoting LYChemsa (Reply 5):
I assume Arkia's new ATR is 2nd hand? I just read they will operate to Aqaba 2 x a week.

Nope, Arkia's new ATR is brand new. Yes, they will operate to Aqaba, selling vecations to the Arab-Israelis. I saw Arkia ad, selling 3 weekend nights (thr-sun) in 5 ***** hotel (Campinski) + flights from Haifa in $495. Not cheap at all, more expensive then Eilat.

Quoting daviation (Reply 6):
Thank you for the Wonderful Photos!

You welcome.

Quoting ly7e7 (Reply 7):
Thanks for the pics!

You welcome.

Quoting castroprauxel (Reply 8):
..What did I miss??

Not much, I guess they got it from Airbus in the late 90s during their attempt to sell A346s to LY.

Quoting chootie (Reply 10):
GREAT TR!!
Quoting chootie (Reply 10):
Thanks for the wonderful pictures

You welcome.

Quoting TWA757 (Reply 11):
Awesome! Thank you for sharing!

You welcome.



"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlineCVG72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 167 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16550 times:

Awesome report. I love LY, and I love spending Yom Ha'atzmaut in Israel. I actually flew that same Star Alliance 777 from TLV-EWR on April 22.

Toda Raba.



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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15477 times:

Thank you for this rare "TR"!!!
It is weird to see a A346 in LY colours...



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1240 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15256 times:

Quoting CVG72 (Reply 14):
Awesome report

Thank you very much.

Quoting LY777 (Reply 15):
Thank you for this rare "TR"!!!

You welcome, it was my plasure.

Quoting LY777 (Reply 15):
It is weird to see a A346 in LY colours

Indeed.



"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24320 posts, RR: 47
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 15250 times:

Sounds like a fun opportunity for you.

May there be many many more years of such anniversaries to celebrate.



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