EL AL CEO Elyezer Shkedy, Israel Olympic Committee Chairperson Zvi Varshabiak and Israel Olympic Committee Director Ephraim Zinger signed a cooperative agreement according to which EL AL will serve as the official carrier of the Israeli sports-men and -women to the August 2012 Olympics in London.
EL AL CEO Elyezer Shkedy: “Since its founding, EL AL's activities have been interwoven with events of national importance. Today, as well, EL AL continues to be the national carrier of Israel and takes pride in being the official carrier of the Israel delegation to the London 2012 Olympics. The Israeli Olympic athletes represent Israel’s aspiration to excellence on an international level. For EL AL, an Israeli company that operates worldwide, the connection is natural and self evident. We will help in every way possible to mobilize the Israel public in support of our athletes, to preserve the tradition and to ensure that the flag of Israel will continue to fly high as part of this important international venture.”
As part of this collaboration, EL AL will fly the Israeli delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London – 100 athletes, coaches, medical and professional teams with their special equipment. The logo of the Israel Olympic Committee will be emblazoned on EL AL planes, adjacent to the Israel flag.
The ceremony unveiling the logo of the Olympic Committee on an EL AL aircraft was attended by EL AL CEO Elyezer Shkedy, Israel Olympic Committee Chairperson Zvi Varshabiak, Israel Olympic Committee Director Ephraim Zinger, EL AL Vice President Commercial and Aviation Ties David Maimon, Gymnast Alex Stilov, Artistic Gymnast Neta Rivkin and high jumper Danielle Frankel.
Israel Olympic Committee Chairperson Zvi Varshabiak: “EL AL continues to uphold the tradition of adopting Israel’s Olympic delegation. EL AL and the Olympic Committee share a common aspiration to be leaders in the international arena. I hope that Israel’s athletes will soar with EL AL to new records and achievements in the 2012 London Games.”Photo: Sivan Faraj.
In the photo (right to left): Neta Rivkin, Alex Stilov, Ephraim Zinger, Elyezer Shkedy, Danielle Frankel, Zvi Varshabiak and David Maimon