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FORMED IN 1949 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1950. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 39301
TEL AVIV 61392, ISRAEL
ISRAEL (STATE OF ISRAEL): POPULATION: 6.6 MILLION. ISRAEL WAS BORN IN BATTLE AFTER BRITISH FORCES LEFT PALESTINE IN 1948. ISRAEL HAS FOUGHT 6 WARS. ITS HISTORIC SUCCESSES IN AGRICULTURE, INDUSTRY, TRADE, AND TOURISM, HAVE BEEN ECLIPSED BY CONFLICT. IN ITS 5-DECADE STRUGGLE WITH THE PALESTINIAN ARABS, IT DISPLACED, IT HAS MADE PEACEFUL OVERTURES, YET CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS SETTLEMENTS IN PALESTINIAN LANDS. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 20,770 SQ KM, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS JERUSALEM, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS HEBREW.
JUNE 1995: ARKIA ISRAELI AIRLINES (ARK) FLIES TO THE DEAD SEA, EILAT, GUSH KATIF, HAIFA, JERUSALEM, LOD, BEN GURION, MASADA, AND ROSH PINA. ALSO, CHARTERS TO EUROPE.
HOLDING COMPANY KNAFAIM ("WINGS") HAS 75% STAKE, WITH 25% OWNED BY EMPLOYEES.
(ARK) IS IN THE PROCESS OF ACQUIRING 2 747-100'S AIRPLANES, EX-PAN AM (PAA) TO CONVERT TO CARGO CONFIGURATION, & LEASE TO (PLG).
NOVEMBER 1995: PURCHASED 6 737-200'S FROM CANADIAN (CDI) FOR $34 MILLION & LEASED THEM BACK FOR $624,000/MONTH. (ARK) ALSO LEASES OUT 1 727, 7 737'S, & 4 747 CARGO AIRPLANES.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = .875 MILLION DOMESTIC, & .235 MILLION INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS (PAX).
JULY 1996: 1 737-200 (JT8D-9A), EX-AER LINGUS (ARL).
NOVEMBER 1996: +1 737-200 (PG573). HUSHKITS BY AVAERO.
DECEMBER 1996: 2ND 737-200 (PG573) FROM IRELAND, FOR BEN GURION, TO EILAT ROUTE.
AUGUST 1997: 3 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 1998) B AE RJ-115'S, FOR CENTRAL ISRAEL TO EILAT, & EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS.
APRIL 1998: 600 EMPLOYEES.
JULY 1998: 2/2 ORDERS (JANUARY 2000) 757-300'S. $50 MILLION, 3 ORDERS (DECEMBER 1998) ATR 72-500'S (PW127).
SEPTEMBER 1998: STARTS UP NEW NIGERIAN AIRLINE WITH 30% OF "EMPIRE AVIATION SERVICES," WITH 30% FROM BOULTON/DIZINGOF, ISRAEL, AND 40% NIGERIAN COMPANY, WITH 2 TO 3 DASH 7'S, (ARK) LEASED. IN LATE 1999, WILL OPERATE 3 737-200'S. WILL LINK PORT HARCOURT, ABUJA, AND BENIN, IN THE OIL-RICH SOUTHEAST, TO LAGOS, THE CAPITAL, AND KANO, THE COMMERCIAL CENTER.
NOVEMBER 1998: 1 ORDER 757-200 (24543), EX-AIR TRANSAT (AIJ), BOUGHT FROM (ILF).
FEBRUARY 1999: 1998 = +$9.2 MILLION (NET PROFIT): 1.25 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) ON DOMESTIC ROUTES (80%). 200,000 CHARTER PAX.
757-236 DELIVERY, MAINTENANCE BY BEDEK (IAI) (24121, 4X-BAZ). 2ND ATR 72-500 DELIVERY (3RD NEXT MONTH).
APRIL 1999: 1,152 EMPLOYEES. SITA: TLVTMIZ. TLVDDIZ.
1 757-200 (24543), EX-AIJ), (ILF) LEASED.
JULY 1999: (ARK) AND ZEEVI GROUP, ISRAEL, PURCHASES 75% OF BALKAN BULGARIAN (BUL) FOR $150,000, & AGREES TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN (BUL) OVER NEXT 5 YEARS, TO COVER $111 MILLION DEBT.
TO PRAGUE (757).
"SKYLINE AIR," NIGERIA, JOINT OWNED, BY ARKIA (ARK) AND BOULTON, UK, STARTED OPERATIONS WITH 2 DASH 7'S (049; 055).
JANUARY 2000: 1/1 ORDERS ATR 72-212 (-500).
FEBRUARY 2000: 1ST 757-3E7 DELIVERY, MAINTAINED BY ISRAELI AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES (IAI). 2ND 757-3E7 DELIVERY (30179, 4X-BAW). CONVERTS OPTION TO 5TH ORDER ATR 72-212.
APRIL 2000: ODED ELANI, CHIEF AERONAUTICAL INSPECTOR, REPLACES I EFRAT.
1,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 117 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 119 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 155 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 2000: 1999 = 299 MILLION (RPK) (TRAFFIC) (+10.6%); 75.9% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 1.06M PASSENGERS (PAX) (+9.4%); 1,200 EMPLOYEES.
AUGUST 2000: IN SEPTEMBER 2000, TO AMMAN.
2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2001) DASH 8-Q400.
SEPTEMBER 2000: CHARTER SERVICE TO MOSCOW. OPERATES 1 757-200 ON BEHALF OF EL AL (ELA) SUBSIDIARY SUN D'OR.
NOVEMBER 2000: LAYS OFF 150 EMPLOYEES, DUE TO DOWNTURN IN TOURISM TO ISRAEL BECAUSE OF POLITICAL/PALESTINIAN UNREST.
SELLS 737-281 (20276, 4X-BAG) TO ISRAELI INDUSTRIES (IAI).
DECEMBER 2000: 757-236 (4X-BAZ "SUN D'OR" ABOVE ARKIA ON FUSELAGE).
JANUARY 2001: IN MARCH 2001, CHARTER SERVICE TO BAHIA (BRAZIL) AND PHUKET (THAILAND) (757-300).
737-281'S (20276; 20413) PARTED OUT.
FEBRUARY 2001: 757-236 (24121) WET-LEASED TO SOUTH ATLANTIC AIRWAYS (SXX), GF AVIATION, UK, ARRANGED.
MARCH 2001: 1 ATR 72-212A (656, 4X-AVX) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2001: 1,350 EMPLOYEES.
1 757-3E7 (30179, 4X-BAW), LEASED TO EL AL (ELA) CHARTER SUBSIDIARY "SUN D'OR" FOR SUMMER SEASON.
MAY 2001: SITA: TLVTMIZ. TLVDDIZ.
MAIN BASE: TEL AVIV (BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL) AIRPORT.
HUB: TEL AVIV (YAFO SDE DOV) AIRPORT.
1 757-204ER (26151), EX-BRITANNIA (BRI), (GEF) 1 YEAR LEASED.
JUNE 2001: TO DUBLIN (757-300, WEEKLY, SEASONAL).
JANUARY 2002: BEGINS FLYING 757-300 (ETOPS) FLIGHTS, TO THE SEYCHELLES, AND JOHANNESBURG.
MARCH 2002: CHARTER SERVICE TO OSAKA.
APRIL 2002: 1,200 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: TEL AVIV - BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TLV).
HUB: TEL AVIV YAFO SDE DOV AIRPORT (SDV).
INTENDS TO MOVE, TO A 24-MONTH, "C" CHECK, INSPECTION INTERVAL, FOR ITS 757'S.
August 2002: 737-275C (21294, C-GFPW), ex-First Air (BRS), leased to Canadian North (CNN).
November 2002: American Airlines (AAL) sold 1 767-300ER and 5 MD-82's to Arkia Israel Airlines (ARK), which it will lease back for 13 years and 12 years, respectively. (ARK) paid $91.4 Million for 6 airplanes and expects to receive over the basic leasing period, a total of $138.2 Million. (ARK)'s leased fleet is now 29 airplanes, leased to airlines including Air France (AFA), Air Canada (ACN), Air Transat (AIJ), and Polar Air Cargo (PAO).
(ARK) is expanding its route network, with destinations, the government recently took away from El Al (ELA), including Copenhagen, Tashkent, and Tiblisi.
INCDT: 757-200 attacked by 2 missiles from Islamic terrorists, on takeoff from Mombasa. Both did no damage and all 10/261 on board were OK. At the same time, Islamic terrorist suicide bombers rammed an explosive-laden car into an Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel, killing themselves (3) and at least 8 bystanders.
December 2002: Delta Airlines (DAL) sold 3 757-200's (1988, 1989, 1990 to (ARK) for $47.4 Million and leased back for 9 to 11 years for $84 Million.
March 2003: 747-123F (20109, N858FT) returned from Polar Air Cargo (PAO).
June 2003: In July 2003, Tel Aviv - Copenhagen (757, 2 class, 2/week).
Knafaim-Arkia Holdings, a family-controlled enterprise, headed by Israel Borovich, (ARK) (CEO) was the single largest investor with 5% of El Al (ELA) bought for $5 Million in a recent Initial Public Offering (IPO).
July 2003: 1,200 employees. (email@example.com).
737-296 (22276) returned from Air Canada (ACN).
September 2003: 2002 = 1,174 Million (RPK) (+20%); 1.2 Million passengers (PAX) (+1.9%).
20/02 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Million):
195 (WUH) 1,242; 196 (MAK) 1,203; 197 (CEB) 1,192; 198 (OMR) 1,189; 199 (FLYBE) 1,189; 200 (ARK) 1,174; 201 (SKM) 1,132; 202 (LUX) 1,104; 203 (ACE) 1,087; 204 (BMR) 1,051; 205 (TRX) 1,000; 206 (CRH) 983; 207 (NOD) 972; 208 (JAT) 972; 209 (ASY) 969; 210 (GHN) 942.
January 2004: 5 737-200's sold to Canadian North (CNN) for approximately $13 Million: 737-2T2C (22056); 737-242C (22877); & 3 737-275's (21294; 22160; 22618).
February 2004: See attached link to Leasing Survey 2004, which shows (ARK) ranked 39th of the top 40 airplane leasing companies with 27 narrow bodies, and 5 wide bodies.
757-28A (268-24543, C-GTSN), leased to Harmony Airways (HMY).
March 2004: Asks for merger with El Al (ELA). Kafaim-Arkia Holdings wants to exercise options in stages to acquire 51%.
Signs accord with Uzbekistan Airways (UZB) for weekly flights to Tashkent in April 2004, and market in-Israel flights with (UZB) via Tashkent to Bangkok, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Hanoi.
April 2004: Arkia (ARK) and Israir (ISA) were denied authority to operate scheduled international serrvices in competition with El Al (ELA).
July 2004: 2003 = 1.03 Billion (RPK) traffic (-12.1%); 77.8% LF load factor; 1.03 Million passengers (PAX) (-17.4%).
October 2004: 737-217 (22658; 22865), returned from Air Canada (ACN)/Zip (WZP).
May 2005: 831 employees.
November 2005: Qatar Airways (QTA) and Arkia Airlines (ARK) reached an agreement that allows Arkia (ARK) passengers to fly from Tel Aviv to Amman and then connect on Qatar Airways (QTA) via Doha to destinations in Asia and Africa, according to media reports. It is the 1st such accord between Israeli and Persian Gulf airlines.
Later, Qatar Airways (QTA) denied reports that it had entered into a marketing agreement with Israel's Arkia Airlines (ARK). A senior (QTA) official said, "We deny this. We have not been in any discussions with this company and no agreement has been signed," Reuters reported. The reported agreement, which would have been the 1st between Israeli and Gulf Arab carriers, would allow Arkia (ARK) passengers to fly from Tel Aviv to Amman before connecting on Qatar Airways (QTA) to destinations in Asia and Africa via Doha. "I am not aware of any signing between Qatar Airways (QTA)'s headquarters and Israel," a Qatari government official said. He added it was possible a company serving as Qatar Airways (QTA)'s agent in Jordan may have signed the agreement.
March 2006: Based on an "Airline Business" magazine survey of airplane leasing companies, Arkia Leasing (ARK) has a fleet of 17 airplanes valued at $92 million and is ranked 39th of the top 50 airplane leasing companies (see attached data).
May 2006: $280 million, 2/2 orders 787 Dreamliner airplanes.
August 2006: Worldspan announced finalization of multiyear full-content distribution agreements with Air Moldova (MOL), Aegean Airlines (CRM), AeroSvit Airlines (UKA), Air Burkina (VBW), Arkia Israel Airlines (ARK), Aurigny Air Services, dba (DBA), Eos Airlines (EOS), Transaero Airlines (TRX), and VLM Airlines.
October 2006: Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) is Israel's 2nd-largest airline operating domestic schedules, together with charter flights to western Europe and the Mediterranean.
Employees = 718.
Parent organization/shareholders: Kanaf-Arkia Airlines (75%); & employees (25%).
Alliances: Uzbekistan Airlines (UZB).
Main Base: Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV).
Hub: Tel Aviv Yafo Sde Dov airport (SDV).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Elat; & Tel Aviv Yafo.
International, sheduled destination: Amman; & Tbilisi.
November 2006: El Al (ELA) has been asked by the government to continue service from Tel Aviv to Cairo at least through the end of the year, which the airline has agreed to. In the meantime, the airline will look for a solution to continue operations on the route. If not possible, the service might be taken over by Arkia (ARK) or Israir (ISA).
December 2006: $336 million, 2/2 orders (February 2012) 787-9's for Arkia Isaraeli Airlines (ARK) parent, the Nakash Group of America, which will be used on routes to North America and the Far East.
Arkia (ARK) operates 1 757-200, 2 757-300s, 4 ATR 72-500s and 5 Dash 7s.
March 2007: Starting July 2nd, Tel Aviv - Dublin, using 757-300s.
July 2007: Arkia Israel Airlines (ARK) said it intends to convert its 2 787 options into firm orders, according to press reports. It placed an order for 2 firm airplanes plus the options last winter.
December 2008: In a major blow to USA-Israel aeropolitical relations, the (FAA) announced that it was downgrading Israel's aviation safety standard to Category 2 under the agency's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. The decision, which will prevent El Al (ELA) from adding new services to the USA, follows up on a July assessment of Israel's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The (FAA) noted that the rating downgrade is not related to security issues and said Israeli authorities are "addressing the items identified, including working with the (FAA) on an aggressive action plan to correct all areas of concern so that their safety oversight system fully complies with standards and practices set by [ICAO]." Israel had maintained a Category 1 rating since November 1995. The (FAA) did not detail the reasons for the downgrade but said a Category 2 rating "may involve a country lacking laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or that its civil aviation authority does not meet international standards in one or more areas such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping, or inspection procedures."
Other nations currently rated Category 2 are Bangladesh, Belize, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Demo Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kiribati, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Swaziland, Ukraine, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
Embraer announced that Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) will take delivery of an E195 previously delivered to Air Europa (ARE).
September 2009: Embraer signed a 5-year Flight Hour Pool Program service contract with Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) covering an E195 operated by (ARK) since last December. Under the cost-per-flight-hour program, Embraer assumes responsibility for maintaining a parts inventory to support the airplane.
December 2009: ATR 72-212A (884, 4X-AVT), delivery.
July 2012: Arkia Israeli Airline (ARK) has signed a purchase agreement for 4 A321neos.
The airplanes will be configured in a single all-economy (Y) class seating 220Y passengers. (ARK) will operate the new airplanes on expanding routes to European and domestic destinations.
October 2013: (IATA) Code: IZ - 238.
(ICAO) Code: AIZ - (Callsign - ARKIA).
December 2013: Arkia Israeli Airlines ((IATA) Code: IZ, based at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport) (ARK) will deploy its 1st E190, to be delivered next month, and complementing its single E195 (0172, 4X-EMA), on flights between Tel Aviv Ben Gurion and Eilat J Hozman and Tbilisi as well as between Tel Aviv Sde Dov and Eilat J Hozman. The 1st flights with the new E190 will launch January 25, 2014.
(ARK) currently operates 9 airplanes, serves 12 countries, 15 destinations, on 14 routes with 21 daily flights.
March 2014: E190-100LR (0616, 4X-EMB), (CIT) Aerospace (TCI) leased, ferried Exeter to Tel Aviv.
July 2014: MG Aviation Limited finalized an order for +2 additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $499 million at current list prices. The order will support the leasing company’s growing fleet of modern airplanes. “The 787-9 will be an excellent addition to our leasing portfolio, enabling us to provide our customers with exceptional range, increased capacity and superior economics,” said Joe Nakash, Chairman of MG Aviation.
MG Aviation previously placed an order for 2 787-9s in 2006 and now has 4 unfilled 787-9s orders.
The new 787-9 Dreamliner will complement and extend the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet/6 meters over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly more passengers and more cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance (-20% less fuel use and 20% fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.
The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern (LED) lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.
MG Aviation is part of Jordache Enterprises, the Nakash family’s global conglomerate that also operates Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK), serving domestic and European destinations from its base in Tel Aviv.
February 2015: News Item A-1: Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) is planning to begin flights from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion to North America and the Far East, ahead of the arrival of its 1st of 4 A330-900neos tentatively on order from Airbus Industrie (EDS).
Israel's "Ynet" news reports the leisure specialist is looking to enter the long haul market using leased wide body jets, but specified neither which types are under consideration, nor from whom they would be sourced.
(ARK)'s largest airplane is currently the 757-300 which it uses on flights to Eilat J Hozman locally, and Amsterdam, Barcelona El Prat, Dublin International, Helsinki Vantaa, Lleida, Munich, Oslo Gardermoen, and Paris (CDG) internationally.
News Item A-2: Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) has signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) for up to 4 A330-900neo airplanes.
(ARK) will be the 1st Airbus (EDS) wide body customer in Israel and the 1st customer for the Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 7000)-powered type in the region.
The airplane will help Arkia expand into long-haul operations and leisure markets and will join 4 A321neos ordered at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow.
“The A330-900neo will be a key asset to help us grow efficiently on highly competitive international long-haul routes from and to Israel,” (ARK) President & (CEO), Nir Dagan said. “The A330-900neo will offer our passengers the latest product with great cabin comfort on direct, long-haul flights.”
This commitment to the (Trent 7000) is in addition to 4 (Trent 1000)-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will be delivered to (MG) Aviation next year. (MG) Aviation, a division of the Nakash Family conglomerate, will be structuring the A330neo order. The Nakash brothers and Jordache Enterprises are majority shareholders of ARKIA Israeli Airlines (ARK) and manage a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including (MG) Aviation Hong Kong, USA POLO Association, retail, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, hotels and real estate located in prime locations throughout the world.
News Item A-3: Arkia (ARK) currently operates 9 airplanes, to 12 countries, 18 destinations, on 17 routes and 18 daily flights.
July 2015: Arkia (ARK) started weekly (Wednesdays) operations from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Batumi (BUS) in Georgia on July 1. The seasonal service runs until October 7. Passengers were welcomed with a cocktail in the terminal, where the executives of (TAV) Georgia (Batumi Airport operator) and (ARK) celebrated the 1st E190-operated flight. The passengers were also treated to a fresh fruit-encrusted cake. The 1,221 km sector joins (ARK)’s existing Georgian services (a 2x-weekly link between Tel Aviv and Tbilisi). Georgian Airways (GEI) will provide weekly competition on the city pair.
February 2017: Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) will start 2x-weekly Milan Bergamo - Tel Aviv Embraer E195 service on June 1.
April 2017: Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) has selected (CFM) International’s advanced (LEAP-1A) engine to power its 4 new Airbus A321neos, in an order valued at $112 million at list prices.
(ARK) originally ordered the aircraft in July 2012 to be configured in a single all-economy (Y) class seating 220 passengers, (ARK) said at the time.
Arkia (ARK) will be the 1st airline to operate the (LEAP) engine in Israel, (CFM) said. The A321neos are slated to be delivered to (ARK) beginning in 2018. “We chose the (LEAP) engine after a very thorough evaluation,” (ARK) President & (CEO) Nir Dagan said April 26. “(CFM) has a good reputation for customer support, reliability and low cost of ownership; from everything we’ve seen, the engine is also delivering the promised fuel efficiency.”
(CFM)’s (LEAP-1A) engine entered service in August 2016, as the 1st A320neos powered with the (LEAP-1A) were delivered to Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines (PGS). The (LEAP-1A)-powered Airbus A321neo gained its type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the (FAA) in March 2017.
Through March 2017, (CFM) has tallied orders for >12,230 (LEAP) engines across its 3 versions: the (LEAP-1A) developed for Airbus’ A320neo family, the (LEAP-1B) developed for Boeing’s 737 MAX family, and the (LEAP-1C) developed for (COMAC)’s forthcoming C919.
(CFM) is a 50-50 joint venture between (GE) Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines.
Pratt & Whitney (PRW)’s (PW1100G) geared turbofan (GTF) engine is the alternate engine option for Airbus’ A320neo family. The 1st A320neo powered by the (PW1100G) engine entered service with Lufthansa (DLH) in January 2017.
July 2018: Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) launched flights between Tel Aviv (TLV) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) on July 24. (ARK) will operate the 6,943 km sector 2x-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) using its sole 767-300, currently on lease from Italian operator Neos Air (NEO) since July 18. The city pair is already served by an existing operator, with schedules confirming that El Al (ELA) offers a 6x-weekly rotation using its fleet of 747-400s, although Flightradar24.com data shows that sometimes the service is flown using (ELA)’s fleet of 777-200s and 767-300s.
Mainly focused on flights into Europe, Bangkok becomes Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK)’s only destination in Asia. Along with Bangkok, the carrier is also scheduled to use its leased 767-300 on flights to Barcelona, Larnaca and Paris (CDG), with recent flight data also showing that the airplane has been used on flights to Rhodes, Geneva and Oslo Gardermoen in recent days.
November 2018: Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK) in recent weeks filed planned changes to its Airbus A321neo operation. Previously scheduled for mid-November 2018 inaugural, (ARK)’s planned inaugural is now scheduled in December 2018.
Planned A321neo aircraft for winter 2018/2019 season as followS:
Tel Aviv to Amsterdam effective February 22, 2019 2x-weekly
Tel Aviv to Barcelona effective December 09, 2018 2 weekly (Previous plan: effective December 02, 2018)
Tel Aviv to Eilat/Ovda effective December 09, 2018
Tel Aviv to London Stansted effective 17December 17 2018 2x- to 3x- weekly A321 (This route does not operate from 08January 08, 2019 to February 27 2019; Previous plan: effective November 19, 2018)
Tel Aviv to Paris (CDG) effective 20December 20th, 2018 2x-weekly (This route does not operate from 07January 07, 2019 to March 30, 2019;
Previous plan: effective November 18, 2018)
December 2018: The Aviation Capital Group (CGP) delivered its 1st leased Airbus A321LR to Arkia Israeli Airlines (ARK).
January 2019: "Israel’s Eilat Ramon Airport Prepares to Open" by (ATW)
Alan Dron (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 4, 2019.
Israel plans to open its 2nd international airport, Eilat Ramon, on January 22. Situated at the southern tip of the country and serving the popular Red Sea resort of Eilat, the new airport will have an initial annual capacity of 2 million passengers, with expansion allowing that figure to rise to 4.2 million by 2030 as demand increases.
The opening will see Israeli domestic services from Tel Aviv and Haifa moving from the existing Eilat City airport, while foreign carriers will gradually switch from Ovda, a joint military and civil airfield.
With a single 3,600 m/11,811 ft runway, Eilat Ramon will have 9 apron parking spots for narrow body or wide body aircraft, plus 4 spots for turboprops, which are typically used on domestic flights by Israir (ISA) and Arkia (ARK). There will also be cargo facilities at the new airport, which lies 18 km/11 mi from the city, compared to 60 km for Ovda.
Over the past few years, Israel has become an increasingly popular destination for major European (LCC)s such as Wizz Air (WZZ), Ryanair (RYR) and easyJet (EZY), which have been searching for airports that offer scope for their constantly expanding route networks.
Eilat’s Red Sea location also makes the city popular with charter carriers, especially during the European winter season, when northern passengers seek welcome warmth. C arriers that currently fly into Ovda include Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Finnair (FIN), Edelweiss (EDE) of Switzerland, Transavia (TAV) from the Netherlands and Russia’s Ural Airlines (URL).
Its location at the head of the Red Sea, means that Eilat Ramon will also be a gateway for southern Jordan, including the resort of Aqaba and the popular tourist attractions of Wadi Rum and Petra, as well as the Taba area of Sinai, in Egypt.
Click below for photos:
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ARK-A330-900neo - 2015-02
0 737-2T2C (JT8D-17) (655-22056, /80), SOLD TO (CNN) 2004-01.
0 727-276 (JT8D) (1081-20950, /74), SOLD TO (SBE), WET-LEASED TO (SCA).
0 737-217 (JT8D) (861-22658; 960-22865), RETURNED FROM (ACN)/(WZP) 2004-10.
0 737-219 (JT8D), LEASED TO (IAI).
0 737-242C (JT8D-9A HK) (880-22877, /82 C-GNDU), SOLD TO (CNN) 2004-01. 112Y OR COMBI.
0 737-275 (JT8D), LEASED TO (CDI) - NOW (ACN), 22160; 22618; SOLD TO (CNN) 2004-01.
0 737-275C (JT8D-17) (481-21294, C-GFPW), EX-(BRS), SOLD TO (CNN) 2004-01.
0 737-281 (JT8D) (231-20276, /70 4X-BAG) PARTED OUT 2000-11.
0 737-281 (JT8D-9A) (241-20413, /70 4X-BAF), PARTED OUT.
0 737-296 (665-22276) RETURNED FROM (ACN) 2003-07.
0 747-123 (90-20109, /70 N858FT; 133-20326, /71 N859FT), EX-(AAL)/(PSG) LEASED TO (PAO). 20109 RETURNED FROM (PAO) 2003-03.
0 747-128F (JT9D-3F) (39-19751, /70 N3203Y), EX-(AFA), LEASED TO (EVR).
0 747-200F, LEASED TO (AFA).
0 757-2YOER (RB211-535E4) (472-26151, /92 4X-BAY), EX-(BRI), (GEF) 1 YEAR LEASED 2001-05, RETURNED. 229Y.
0 757-236ER (RB211-535E4) (183-24121 /88 4X-BAZ), EX-(IST)/(BBB) 1999-04, WET-LEASED TO (SXX) 2001-03, RETURNED FROM (SXX) 2001-10. RETURNED. 237Y.
0 757-258 (152-23917, /87 4X-EBL), (ELA) LEASED, NOT (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. RETURNED.
0 757-27B, (HOL) LEASED. RETURNED.
0 757-28A (268-24543, C-GTSN), EX-(AIJ), (ILF) LEASED, LEASED TO (HMY) 2004-02. RETURNED FROM (HMY) 2007-03. RETURNED.
2 +2 OPTIONS 757-3E7 (RB211-535E4B) (906-30178, /00 4X-BAU; 912-30179, /00 4X-BAW). 30179 LEASED TO (ELA) 2001-04. 30179 LEASED TO ICELANDAIR (ICE) 2018-05) 265Y.
0 757-200 LEASED TO (DAL) 2002-12.
0 767-200ER, LEASED TO (AAL) 13 YEARS 2002-11.
0 767-300, (NEOS) AIR (NEO) LEASED.
4 ORDERS 787-9 DREAMLINER (TRENT 1000), 300 PAX:
0 MD-82, LEASED TO (AAL) 12 YEARS 2002-12.
4 ORDERS A321neo (CFM) INTERNATIONAL (LEAP-1A), 220Y:
1 A321LR, AVIATION CAPITAL GROUP (CGP) LEASED.
4 ORDERS A330-900neo (TRENT 7000):
0 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER. RETURNED.
7 DHC-7-102 (PT6A-50) (33, /80 4X-AHG "METULLA;" 45, /81 4X-AHH; 50, /81 4X-AHJ0; 60, /81 4X-AHA "EILAT;" 77, /82 4X-AHF; 82, /82 4X-AHC "JERUSALEM"). (60, 4X-AHA; LST SKYLINE 2001-09). 2 LEASED TO SUBSIDIARY EMPIRE AVIATION SERVICES, NIGERIA 1998-09, (49; 50) AS SKYLINE AIR. 051, 4X-AHE; & 060 WFU 2001-10. 55, 4X-AHD; 60; 81; RF SKYLINE 2003-06. 52Y.
2 DASH 8-Q400.
4 ATR 72-500 (PW127F) (577, /98 4X-AVZ; 583, /99 4X-AVW; 587, /99 4X-AVU; 656, /01 4X-AVX; 884, 4X-AVT, 2009-12), 72Y.
1 BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER 300 (HTF7000) 20277, /10 M-ABCM), EXECUTIVE.
1 BOMBARDIER GLOBAL 5000 (BR710A2-20) (9190, /06 M-RIDE), EXECUTIVE.
1 EMBRAER E190-100LR.
1 EMBRAER E190-100LR (0616, 4X-EMB), EX-(G-SIDI), (TCI) LEASED 2014-03.
1 EMBRAER E190-200AR.
2 EMBRAER E190-200LR.
1 EMBRAER E195 (CF34-10E5) (0172, /08 4X-EMA - - SEE PHOTO - - "ARK-EMB-190-2009-10"), EX-(ARE) 2008-12. 122Y.
1 GULFSTREAM IV-SP (RB183 TAY 611-8) 1481, /02 4X-CPX), EXECUTIVE.
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ARK-1-Nir Dagan - L - 2018-07
REPHAEL HARLEV, CHAIRMAN.
NIR DAGAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & PRESIDENT.
ZVI GONEN, PRESIDENT ARKIA INTERNATIONAL & EXECUTIVE VP.
DAVID BOROVITZ, EXECUTIVE VP.
SHLOMO HANAEL, EXECUTIVE VP MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS & EXECUTIVE VP, (TLVTMIZ) (email@example.com).
CAPTAIN NIR DAGAN, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
URI MILLER, VP FINANCE & PLANNING.
OMER SHALEV, VP LEGAL COUNSEL & COMPANY SECRETARY.
TAMAR NOY, VP HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) & CUSTOMER SERVICES.
CAPTAIN I GURFINKEL, CHIEF PILOT 757.
CAPTAIN G PELEG, FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER (email@example.com).
ZEEV SEKELY, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ODED ELANI, CHIEF AERONAUTICAL INSPECTOR (TLVMIIZ)