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El Al Suspends All Flights Until Further Notice

El Al Suspends All Flights Until Further Notice


The Israeli flag carrier, El Al, has grounded its fleet indefinitely. This has come after the pilot's union announced they would not fly due to the airline's financial troubles. 

El Al Boeing 787-9
Israel's flag carrier, El Al, has grounded all aircraft indefinitely. Guillaume PROVILLE

In the first financial quarter, El Al reported loses of $140,000,000 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The airline has been flying using only 100 pilots, with the remaining 5,800 on unpaid leave. The pilot's union announced that "the administration of the company did not even respect the agreements that were signed with the union less than a month ago, the union had no choice but to arrive to the conclusion that the owners of the company are unable to save it from its situation." This means El Al went back on the agreements they had with the union, forcing the union to reach the decision that the airline owners will not be able to rescue the airline, and El Al will soon fail.

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9
The pilot's union that works with El Al predicts the airline won't be able to recover from their financial crisis as a result of Covid-19. Beck Ramsey

The airline, which has been shut down since March 2020, with the exception of repatriation flight to resuce Israelis stranded abroad, announced that "it was in advanced stages of receiving government aid, but said it needed the approval of the workers and unions in order to receive the funds." However, due to the fact that this plan need cooperation from the union, it is not likely this will occur due to the tensions and disagreements between the airline and union.


El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin has ordered all El Al aircraft, both cargo and passenger, to return to Israel, where they will be grounded and stored indefinitely.

El Al Boeing 787-9
El Al has an uncertain future, as all aircraft have been called back to Israel where they will be grounded and stored for an unknown amount of time. Abraham Navarro

What are your thoughts on El Al halting operations? Do you think they will be able to recover?

Kyle Jonas
Kyle is a high-school age aviation enthusiast born in Washington, D.C. but living in Chicago. He has always loved aviation. He lives right in between the approach paths for ORD and MDW, so he can watch the wide variety of aircraft land from his house. He hopes to become a commercial pilot when he grows older. In addition to aviation, Kyle likes baseball and running.

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