El Al is the national carrier of Israel. Airline home port – International Airport Ben Gurion, in Tel Aviv. The founding date coincides with the founding date of Israel – 1948.
The airline’s route network has about 50 destinations around the world. The annual passenger turnover is about 4-5 million people.
El Al is considered one of the most secure airlines in the world. This is due to the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip and the constant threat of terrorist acts, including hijacking.
After the only hijacking in the company’s history in 1968, unprecedented security measures were taken.
- According to the influential British consulting agency SKYTRAX, specializing in the study of the quality of services provided by various air carriers, the airline was awarded three stars.
- El Al is ranked 61st in the Safest Airlines in the World 2019 Ranking by Jacdec.
As of January 26, 2020, there are 46 airliners in the El Al fleet. The average age of aircraft is 12.3 years.
The oldest is the Boeing 767-300, with tail number 4X-EAJ. His age is 27.6 years. The newest is the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with tail number 4X-EDI. He is 0.1 years old.
The entire fleet consists of Boeing aircraft, various models.
Safety measures on the El Al planes
- All aircraft are equipped with a steel floor separating the luggage compartment from passengers.
- The entrance to the cockpit is protected by an additional door with a combination lock.
- Aviation security personnel with weapons are on board each flight. Their number can reach six people. All of them come from special forces.
- All crew members (pilots, flight attendants) undergo special hand-to-hand combat and self-defense courses, and they also have special skills in emergencies.
- Most Israeli Airline pilots are military pilots.
- Before the flight, all passengers undergo additional screening procedures and are often isolated from passengers on other flights in a special “sterile” area. For example, in Domodedovo, all El Al flights depart through the twelfth landing exit, separated by a glass enclosure.
- Baggage is also thoroughly inspected, and special attention is paid to non-Israeli passengers.