EL AL, the National Carrier of Israel, Will Hold the Airline’s Third Annual Independence Day Flyover in the Skies of Israel, on the Country’s 63rd Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration
This Year EL AL is Dedicating the Yom Ha’atzmaut Flyover to the Families of Israeli Captives Gilad Shalit and Ron Arad, to the Victims of Israel’s Wars and Terrorist Acts and to the Families of Soldiers Who are Missing in Action
EL AL CEO Elyezer Shkedy: “On Israel’s 63rd Independence Day, EL AL, the national carrier of Israel, salutes the Shalit and Arad families and the families that have suffered casualties as a result of Israel’s wars and of acts of terror, as well as families of those missing in action and prisoners of war, on behalf of the EL AL Family and the citizens of the State of Israel.”
The names of the planes taking part in the flyover have been changed for the week of Yom Ha’atzmaut to the following:
- The 747 Aircraft, “Jerusalem” – “We All Support the Families of Casualties of Israel’s Wars and Acts of Terror”
- The 777 Aircraft, “Sderot” – “We All Support Gilad Shalit”
- The 767 Aircraft, “Daliat el Carmel” – We All Support Ron Arad”
- The 737 Aircraft, “Degania” – “We All Support the Families of Captives and Missing Soldiers”
The flyover will take place midday on Yom Ha’atzmaut, May 10, and will fly in a formation of four Boeing aircraft: 737, 767, 777 and 747. The flight will begin over Nahariya and head southward, along the coastline, until Ashdod, flying at a height of 1000 feet.
The 747-400 plane will lead, piloted by Fleet Manager Captain Tal Becker, accompanied by First Officers Roi Bashan and Yuval Shmueli. EL AL's Chief Pilot, Captain Amos Mohar, will be on board.
It will be followed by the 777 plane, Sderot, with Fleet Manager Ofer Aloni, Captains Shmuel Cohen and Zvi Rosenberg, on his last flight before retiring from EL AL.
The 767 aircraft, Daliat EL AL Carmel, will be flown by Fleet Manager Aviezer Lavi, Assaf Metiv and EL AL's first female pilot, Smadar Schechter.
And the 737 plane, Degania, will be flown by Captain Igal Katz and First Officers Ron Margalit and David Mandiel.