Roni Finkelstein


Roni began his EL AL career in 1977 after completing his Air Force service. His first position was as a technician in Avionics. “I started out as a technician in computers and control systems and then became a practical engineer in computerization and control. In 1999 I took part in EL AL's first course for Management Cadets and then continued my studies towards a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.”
Roni headed several major projects, including first-time ever projects for the Boeing Company, and then moved up the managerial ladder until reaching his present position as Director of Aircraft Overhaul.
As a team supervisor, Roni was responsible for several big projects including significant changes on aircraft. He works with great skill and professionalism and has proved to be one of the most talented people in Maintenance.
“Safety and people are of paramount importance to me and, of course, I make no compromises about quality in my work,” concludes Roni.

This Division has 350 employees – 230 in the hangar and 120 in the Structure & Interior Shop, which is divided in itself into several workshops: Paint Workshop, Rescue Equipment Workshop (overhauls and inspects chutes, fire extinguishers, etc.; the Clean Room for the repair of complex materials of the highest aviation standards); Machine Shop for overhauling landing gear, spindle and flap tracks, aircraft doors, etc.; Seat Shop, where aircraft seats are repaired and renovated, and Sheet Metal Shop, where heavy aircraft parts such as C-Duct and Nose Cowl are renovated.

The hangar employs 230 people for A & E, Avionics, aircraft interior and structure, C and D checks, periodic heavy checks such as CPCP, SSID and SIP, engineering orders, upgrades in line with management requests, such as Business Class overhauls and configuring the new Economy Class Plus cabin.

Work in the hangar is carried out in two shifts, 10 months a year. In July and August, the hangar and dock undergo thorough preventive maintenance treatments.

“A special dock in the hangar is adapted to all Boeing models and all employees are licensed by the FAA for all aircraft fleets (Boeing 767, 757-200, 737-800, 747-400, 777-200, Airbus) and work according to the highest safety standards,” relates Roni.