|Quoting LY777 (Reply 2):|
Israir has now a very bad reputation here in France, concerning the security and maintenance of the a/c. A friend of mine who studies with me told me yesterday(in French, of course): "people should stop flying with Israir, too many incidents happened lately; their maintenance is not OK because they don't have money"
|Quoting LXA340 (Reply 3):|
True they had already a few incidents with their ATR's and I think last week their B763 had to make an emergency landing in Newfoundland or somewhere else in Canada because they were runing out of fuel. Someone did some misscalculations before taking off in Tel Aviv. Let's hope they will do a better job in future.
Yes, Israir is one of those airlines which I will never fly... They have one of the smallest fleet in the world (even smaller than LY
) and they manage to have one incident after the other. There were already several near-misses in Israel involving Israir planes, and now this 757 depressurization incident in which many passengers were shocked and hurt, and it seems they had THREE emergency landings to Newfoundland within a week (Amirs posted this info in another thread, but he hasn't (yet) elaborated on the cause of these diversions). The 757 incident was more discussed in France than anywhere else because the passengers were Club Meditérrannée vacationers returning home.
And, the one and only widebody in service almost caused a major disaster in JFK
in 2005 :
On July 6 , the passenger plane, belonging to Israir, an Israeli carrier that did not have much experience at Kennedy, followed instructions to leave the international terminal on Taxiway Hotel and turn at Taxiway Bravo. It missed the turn, though, and ended up on Runway 22 Right, where the cargo plane, which had been cleared for takeoff, was racing through the rain and fog, all four engines at maximum power.
A disaster for the 265 people on the two planes was averted only because of the keen eyesight of the cargo pilot and the fact that his plane was empty and was able to climb steeply, missing the passenger plane by less than 100 feet, according to a preliminary report.
Such a story is frightening and is illustrative of fundamental problems in the formation and attention of the Israir pilots. And it is even more extraordinary when one remembers that this 763 is the only Israir widebody.
The reputation of Israir seems, sadly, to reflect the truth