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Israir To Start Flying To US In Summer

Thu Mar 21, 2002 10:17 pm

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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RE: Israir To Start Flying To US In Summer

Fri Mar 22, 2002 1:30 am

Hi Mike

...they could lease an ex-El-Al 747...Or should I already say "they could have leased"...? It's so weird to demolish these old Jumbos with bulldozers!
One of them could so easily find a place at Hatzerim, for instance...


I have the feeling Arkia is competing stronger this year against El-Al on the skiers charters to GVA; other years there were often 3 El-Al wide-bodies on Sundays (744 + 747 + 767/777 last year), now there's a maximum of 2 (767 + 737/757/747) and 2 Arkia flights...
Is it the case?
 
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RE: Israir To Start Flying To US In Summer

Fri Mar 22, 2002 3:38 am

Interesting livery, will the 747s get to wear it too?

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RE: Israir To Start Flying To US In Summer

Fri Mar 22, 2002 6:17 am

Air Atlanta Icelandic? Wet leasing is all they do, and they have plenty of 742's and 743's. They've leased a 743 to LY on at least one occasion. What about that new Swedish airlines, Trans Jet is it? Aren't they going to be in the same kind of business? They have 742's. Does European (Paul Stoddart's airline) operate pax services with their 742's? Corsair has 742's, SP's, and 743's, and they're already in a high denisty one class config. Iberia? Alitalia (getting rid of their -200's in favor of 772's anyways)?

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RE: Israir To Start Flying To US In Summer

Fri Mar 22, 2002 8:25 pm

Israir was seeking for a leased El Al 747, but LY said: NO!!!

David, dont forget that one of Arkia's 753 flies for Sun D'or so not all the flights are Arkia's but also Sun D'or.

Air Male, Israir has an interesting c/s indeed, but at the moment only the ATR42s wear it, this is how the 757 looks like:

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I would say that the 747 will get only titles, anyway, this is what Israir did with other leases in the past:

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LY744, It should be Air Atlanta Iclandic, AFAIK, anyway, in the summer of 2000 LY wet-leased a 743 from this company.

Michael

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