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EL AL Israel Airlines Recognized by Orthodox Union (OU) for 50 Years of Nonstop Service between New York and Israel
New York, NY – March 7, 2012 – EL AL Israel Airlines was recently awarded an honor by the Orthodox Union (OU) for providing 50 years of nonstop flights between New York (JFK) and Israel.  Birthright co-founder and philanthropist Charles Bronfman presented the award to EL AL President Elyezer Shkedy.
 
The first service between New York/JFK (previously known as Idlewild Airport) and Ben Gurion Airport (previously known as Lod) had three to five stops, which included Athens, Rome, Paris and London with refueling in Gander, Newfoundland and Shannon, Ireland. The aircraft utilized was the Constellation 4X-AKA and the flight took a mere 28 to 33 hours, depending on the winds and which direction the plane was headed. Today, EL AL offers only nonstop flights on this route and has up to four daily nonstops between JFK and Ben Gurion International Airports. The flying time is less than half of what it was 50 years ago, on average 10-11 hours from JFK.


Left to right: (standing) EL AL President Elyezer Shkedy and Vice President/General Manager, North and Central America, Danny Saadon; (Seated) Birthright co-founder and philanthropist Charles Bronfman with Chabad Rabbi Moshe Klein after signing the EL AL Sefer Torah for Israel’s unity. (Photo credit: Orthodox Union)

Left to right: EL AL President Shkedy and
Birthright co-founder and philanthropist Charles Bronfman shown with the award from the OU.
(Photo credit: Orthodox Union)

EL AL introduced the first scheduled service between New York and Israel utilizing the Constellation aircraft. Shown is a welcoming ceremony at New York’s Idlewild Airport (today JFK). (Photo credit: Marvin Goldman, EL AL historian and author)

Former Prime Minister Golda Meir, one of the first Israeli dignitaries to travel on EL AL, arrives in New York on an EL AL Lockheed
Constellation aircraft.
(Photo credit: Marvin Goldman, EL AL historian and author)


EL AL started service from Idlewild Airport to Israel utilizing a Douglas DC-4 propeller aircraft shown above.  (Photo credit: Marvin Goldman, EL AL historian and author)


 
Publish Date 08/03/2012