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Airlines

Name: ISRAIR AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: ISA
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: MIDDLE EAST
City: TEL AVIV
Country: ISRAEL
Employees 350
Web: israir.co.il
Email: incoming@israir.co.il
Telephone: +972 (3) 7955 803
Fax: +972 (3) 7955 810
Sita: TLVDD6H
Background
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ISA-JUN04
ISA-LOGO

ESTABLISHED IN 1989. FOUNDED AS EMEK WINGS AND CHANGED ITS NAME TO ISRAIR (ISA) IN 1996. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
23 BEN YEHUDA STREET
PO BOX 26444
TEL AVIV 63806, 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.

DECEMBER 1998: TO EILAT, HAIFA, & JERUSALEM.

2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 1999) 737-73S'S, PEMBROKE (PEB) LEASED.

JANUARY 1999: 4 ATR42'S, ASSET MANAGEMENT LEASED.

FEBRUARY 1999: CONSIDERING EL AL (ELA) FOR MAINTENANCE & SPARES SUPPORT.

MARCH 1999: 1 737-73S DELIVERY (29079), 2ND IN MAY 1999. 1ST FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL.

APRIL 1999: 50 EMPLOYEES.

IN SUMMER, OPERATIONS TO NICE.

MAY 1999: 2ND 737-700 (4X-ABR) DELIVERY, (ELA) MAINTENANCE (29081), (PEB) 5 YEAR LEASED.

JULY 1999: TO PRAGUE (737-700).

NOVEMBER 1999: TAKES OVER FLIGHTS TO AMMAN (ATR 42) FOR AEROEL (AEW), WHICH SUSPENDED OPERATIONS.

APRIL 2000: 330 EMPLOYEES. SITA: TLVSIXH.

(http://www.israir.co.il). (israir@israir.co.il).

MAY 2000: MICHAEL GAT, CEO, EX-EL AL (ELA).

SEPTEMBER 2000: CHARTER SERVICE TO MOSCOW.

PLANS FOR 2 A320'S, EX-AIR PORTUGAL (TAP), BAVARIA (BAV) LEASED. AIRBUS (EDS) WILL ASSIST TO SUBLEASE ISRAIR (ISA)'S 2 737-73S'S.

OCTOBER 2000: 2 ORDERS A320-211'S (185; 191), BAVARIA (BAV) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 737-8K2 (28375, PH-HZC), TRANSAVIA (TAV) LEASED FOR 2 MONTHS. 737-73S (29079), RETURNED TO PEMBROKE (PEB), LEASED TO SUNEXPRESS (SNS).

DECEMBER 2000: MS SABINA BIRAN, PRESIDENT REPLACES ISRAEL HAREL, WHO WILL REMAIN AS A CONSULTANT TO MS BIRAN.

FEBRUARY 2001: 1 ORDER (APRIL 2001) 757-200 (23918, 4X-EBM), EL AL (ELA) LEASED FOR SUMMER SEASON.

APRIL 2001: 330 EMPLOYEES.

1 757-258 (23918, 4X-EBM), EX-EL AL (ELA). 1 737-8K2 (28375, PH-HZC) RETURNED TO TRANSAVIA (TAV).

JULY 2001: 1 737-85H (29444, OY-SEH), STERLING (STR) WET-LEASED THROUGH MID-OCTOBER 2001.

AUGUST 2001: 330 EMPLOYEES.

OCTOBER 2001: TO LAY OFF -40 PEOPLE.

APRIL 2002: 330 EMPLOYEES. SITA: TLVDDGH.

MAIN BASE: TEL AVIV YAFO SDE DOV AIRPORT (SDV).

HUB: TEL AVIV - BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TLV).

June 2002: Will wet-lease a 747-200B to operate charters to the USA during the northern summer season. Israeli authorities denied authority to any points served by any El Al (ELA). Was designated as the sole Israeli airline to serve Riga.

August 2002: Receives approval for charter operations to New York, in summer of 2003.

January 2003: In June 2003, scheduled service Tel Aviv - New York (767-300, 3/week).

April 2003: In May 2003, Tel Aviv - Riga (replaces El Al (ELA).

April 2004: In June 2004, Tel Aviv - New York (767-300ER, (ICE) wet-leased, charter flights 3/week).

Arkia (ARK) and Israir (ISA) were denied authority to operate scheduled international services in competition with El Al (ELA).

July 2004: Code share with Slovak Airlines (SLO), Bratislava - Tel Aviv.

January 2006: Israir Airlines (ISA) received permission yesterday from the Israeli government to compete with El Al (ELA) on the Tel Aviv - New York (JFK) route, according to media reports. El Al (ELA) reportedly intends to seek a legal remedy, claiming the government promised it exclusivity. Israir (ISA) currently operates charter services to (JFK).

April 2006: Israir (ISA) announced it plans to begin scheduled service between Tel Aviv and New York (JFK) on May 1st. While the airline plans on continuing to operate wet-leased equipment on the route, it is looking at obtaining its own airplanes to operate the service by early 2007.

July 2006: Employees = 350.

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).

April 2007: Airbus (EDS) announced its first commercial airplane sale in Israel with an order from Israir Airlines (ISA) for three A320s. Israir (ISA) will fly the 174Y-seat, all-economy airplanes on routes to Europe. No engine choice was announced. Launched in 1996, Israir (ISA) accounts for nearly 40% of the domestic travel market in Israel, according to Airbus (EDS). It currently operates 767-300ERs, 757-200s and ATR42s.

June 2008: IsrAir (ISA) offers domestic schedules and air taxi flights from Tel Aviv Dov Hoz airport (SDV), as well as international charter flights from (SDV) and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International (TLV) airports to European and African destinations. (ISA) also offers VIP and cargo jet airplane flights.

(IATA) Code: 6H - 818. (ICAO) Code: ISR (Callsign - ISRAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: The Ganden Group (100%).

Main Base: Tel Aviv Dov Hoz airport (SDV). SITA: TLVDDGH.

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Eilat; Haifa; & Tel Aviv.

International, scheduled destination: London; New York.

September 2008: Israir Airlines (ISA) abandons its New York (JFK) flights.

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.

A330-223 (822, 4X-ABE) wet-leased to TAT Nigeria (TAZ) to operate for the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) to transport pilgrims from Nigeria to Israel.

March 2010: Panasonic Avionics Corporation will install its overhead Panasonic Digital Multiplexed Passenger Entertainment System (DMPES) on three Israir Airlines A320s. (DMPES) incorporates the company's X Series System, "which reduces space, weight and power when compared with traditional overhead systems."

June 2010: A320-232 (4354, 4X-ABF), delivery in new livery - - SEE PHOTO - - "ISA-A320-232-NEW LIVERY-2010-06."

July 2010: IsrAir (ISA) offers domestic schedules and air taxi flights from Tel Aviv Dov Hoz airport (SDV), as well as international charter flights from (SDV) and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International (TLV) airports to European and African destinations. (ISA) also offers VIP and cargo jet airplane flights.

(IATA) Code: 6H - 818. (ICAO) Code: ISR (Callsign - ISRAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: The Ganden Group (100%).

Main Base: Tel Aviv Dov Hoz airport (SDV). SITA: TLVDDGH.

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Eilat; Haifa; & Tel Aviv.

International, scheduled destination: London; New York.

September 2010: A320-232 (4413, 4X-ABG), delivery, ex-(F-WWIR).

July 2011: Israir (ISA) took delivery of its first ATR72-500 (931, 4X-ATH) with a second of the type slated to arrive later this month. (ISA) will deploy the two (PW127M)-powered turboprops seating 72 passengers on the Tel Aviv Sde Dov - Eilat route. The new airplanes also enable (ISA), a subsidiary of the IDB Tourism branch of IDB Holdings, to increase charter flights to other Mediterranean tourist destinations, it said.

Excluding the two ATR72-500s, (ISR)'s fleet is comprised of two A320s and three ATR42s. Its primary focus is on the Tel Aviv Dov Hoz Airport (SDV) - Eilat Airport (ETH) domestic route, popular with resort goers, but it also operates to international vacation destinations, mostly in Europe.

September 2012: Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a five-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract with Israir Airlines (ISA) to support its fleet of ATR airplanes. (ISA) added two new ATR72-500s to its fleet in 2011 and signed (SAB) to a short-term contract in June 2012.

(SAB) will perform component repair and overhaul services, including pool access with advanced standard exchange component services.

Fleet:
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ISA-737-73S
ISA-737-85H
ISA-767-383ER
ISA-A320-232-NEW LIVERY-2010-06
ISA-A330-APR08

April 2014:

0 737-73S (CFM56-7B22) (194-29079, 4X-ABJ; 181, 4X-ABR), (PEB) 5 YR LSD, RTND 2000-10, LST (SNS).

0 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B) (85-28375, PH-KZC), (TAV) LSD TIL 2001-01.

0 737-85H (CFM56-7B) (178-29444, /99 OY-SEH), (STR) WET-LSD TIL 2001-10.

0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (617-26245, TF-FIS), (ICE) WET-LSD 2004-06. RTND.

0 757-258 (RB211-535E4) (156-23918, /87 4X-EBM), (ELA) LSD 2001-03, RTND. 215Y.

0 757-258ER (RB211-535E4) (745-27622, /97 4X-EBI), (ELA) LSD 2002-05. RTND. 215Y.

0 767-3Y0ER (405-24953, TF-FIA), (ICE) WET-LSD 2004-06. RTND.

0 767-383ER (PW4060) (309-24846, /90 TF-FIC), (ICE) WET-LSD. RTND. 18C, 243C.

0 ORDERS A320-211 (185; 191), EX-(TAP), (BAV) LSD. RTND.

0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (333, /92 YL-; 384, /92 YL-LCB), EX-(ACN), KJ AVIATION SVCS LSD 2007-01, (ISA) WET-LST 3 YRS. WHITE COLORS & ISRAIR TITLES. 180Y.

0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (426, 4X-ABH), VGS LSD 2010-06, EX-(EI-ELK). RTND. 180Y.

1 ORDER (2014-02) A320-232 (V2527-A5):

2 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (4354, /10 4X-ABF - - SEE PHOTO - - "ISA-A320-232-NEW LIVERY-2010-06;" 4413, /10 4X-ABG), EX-(F-WWDC & F-WWIR), 2010-06. RTND. 174Y.

0 A330-223 (PW4168A) (822, /07 4X-ABE), (EUY) LSD 2008-04, WET-LST (TAZ) 2008-12. RTND. 26C, 260Y.

1 ATR42-320 (PW121) (053 /87 4X-ATN; 064, /87 4X-ATO; 069, /87 4X-ATM; 073, /88 4X-ATK; 089, /88 4X-ATL), ASSET MNGMNT LSD 1999-01. 064; 069; 073; 089; RTND. 50Y.

2 ATR72-500 (PW127) (931, /10 4X-ATH; 962, /11 4X-ATI), 2011-07, 72Y.

Management:
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ISA-ZOHAR ENDELMAN

MIKI GAT, CHAIRMAN (2000-01).

DAVID KAMINITZ, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & PRESIDENT.

CAPTAIN GUR BEN-DAVID, EXECUTIVE VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE, (gur@israir@co.il) (1999-12).

AMIR PORAT, VP OPERATIONS.

ILAN TZURSHADI, VP FINANCE.

CAPTAIN Z NACHMIAS, CHIEF PILOT.

M HAN, MANAGER FLIGHT SAFETY.

AMI HARARI, MANAGER MAINTENANCE PLANNING, MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING,
(ami@israir.co.il).

BEN GALLIM, MANAGER MAINTENANCE.

MR NISSAN, CHIEF INSPECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC).

 
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