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July 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Two U.S. investment banks have advised Israel to sell 51% of the state-owned national airline El Al, the Transport Ministry said today. A spokesman said representatives from First Boston Corp. and Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc., which were jointly contracted by the government as consultants on the sale of the debt-ridden airline, recommended offering shares on local and foreign stock exchanges. According to the proposal, Israel would offer 25% of El Al's shares on U.S.
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April 22, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli airline workers called an end Monday to a strike, which had disrupted dozens of flights and stranded passengers, after reaching an agreement with the government over its “open skies” accord with the European Union. Three Israeli airlines -- El Al, Arkia and Israir -- canceled most of their flights because of the workers' action in response to Sunday's accord, which will give European carriers greater access to the lucrative Israeli tourism market.  The government argued that the arrangement with the EU would liberalize the commercial flight market, boost tourism and generate economic growth.
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NEWS
April 21, 1986 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
It was an incident that might have been lifted from the pages of a paperback thriller. Something about the appearance of a small suitcase carried by a pregnant woman about to board an airplane triggers an instinctive alarm in the mind of a sharp-eyed security agent. He checks the bag and finds 10 pounds of plastic explosive hidden in a false bottom. The discovery, less than half an hour before scheduled takeoff, probably saves the lives of nearly 400 people on the flight.
TRAVEL
August 27, 2006 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
GARY Wexler of Valley Village, who flies several times a year to Tel Aviv on business, is grilled regularly by the staff of El Al Israel Airlines: Does he have family in Israel? When did he learn Hebrew? Why? Then there was this puzzler: "On Passover, how many cups of wine do you drink?" But Wexler, who owns a marketing company, doesn't mind. Instead, he said, when he heard about the jet-bombing plot in London this month, he thought, "Thank God I'm flying El Al."
TRAVEL
August 27, 2006 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
GARY Wexler of Valley Village, who flies several times a year to Tel Aviv on business, is grilled regularly by the staff of El Al Israel Airlines: Does he have family in Israel? When did he learn Hebrew? Why? Then there was this puzzler: "On Passover, how many cups of wine do you drink?" But Wexler, who owns a marketing company, doesn't mind. Instead, he said, when he heard about the jet-bombing plot in London this month, he thought, "Thank God I'm flying El Al."
NEWS
July 24, 1999 | Associated Press
Airbus has offered to outfit five planes with synagogues in a bid to sell them to the Israeli national carrier, El Al, a spokesman for the European aircraft consortium said Friday. The synagogue would be in the lower deck of Airbus Industries' A340 plane, with enough prayer space for a dozen people, said Airbus spokesman Alain Dupiech. The ark holding the Torah scroll could be mounted on a movable track so that it always faces Jerusalem.
NEWS
September 24, 2000 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For investors, Israel's national airline, El Al, would seem like a great catch. Its assets include sleek new jets, an occasional profit, and flights that are routinely packed to capacity. But El Al cannot fly on the Jewish Sabbath. Grounding the carrier from Friday afternoon to Saturday night, every week, has been costing millions of dollars and, the government claims, drives away potential financial backers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2002 | KENNETH R. WEISS and MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite stepped-up security at Los Angeles International Airport, an Egyptian-born man pulled a gun and opened fire Thursday at a busy ticket counter of El Al Israel Airlines, killing two people and wounding several others before an airline guard shot him dead, authorities said. The attack delayed thousands of passengers and closed the airport's international terminal for hours. Although Israeli officials said they believed the shooting was an act of terrorism, U.S.
NEWS
October 17, 1987 | From Reuters
Israel's national airline will begin direct flights to Warsaw next Thursday, an El Al spokesman announced Friday.
TRAVEL
August 4, 1996
In another step cementing peace between Israel and Jordan, El Al Israel Airlines has begun weekly round-trip service between Tel Aviv and Amman, the Jordanian capital. El Al will operate five weekly flights from Ben-Gurion International Airport to Amman's Markah Airport, with flights departing every Sunday through Thursday and returning later each day. Round-trip fare is $120. Reservations: (800) EL AL SUN.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
The city of Los Angeles is not liable for damages in the shooting deaths of two people during an attack at an El-Al Israel Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport, a federal judge has ruled. Victoria Hen, 25, an El Al employee from Chatsworth, and Yaakov Aminov, 46, a diamond broker from North Hollywood, were killed when Egyptian-born Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, 41, opened fire on a line of passengers checking in for a flight to Israel on July 4, 2002.
WORLD
June 27, 2004 | Amberin Zaman, Special to The Times
When Israel's national airline, El Al, suspended flights to Turkey last week, Israeli officials cited Turkey's refusal to permit Israeli air marshals to carry their weapons on the ground. But some officials here worry that Israel's decision to halt the flights may be linked to an escalating war of words between Turkey and its closest regional ally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2003 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
The Egyptian immigrant who shot and killed two people at an El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport last July 4 had no accomplices or ties to extremists, but his rampage constituted an act of terrorism, federal authorities have concluded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A police bomb squad was dispatched to the cargo terminal of El Al Israel Airlines on Monday night after screening workers discovered possible explosives residue in a parcel, officials said. Los Angeles police officials said they evacuated the terminal shortly before 8 p.m. Two hours later, they had determined there were no explosives in the parcel, which contained mechanical parts. The terminal is on Century Boulevard, some distance from Los Angeles International Airport.
WORLD
November 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli sky marshals foiled a hijacking attempt on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Turkey on Sunday, overpowering a man armed with a pocketknife, witnesses and officials said. Flight 581 landed safely in Istanbul and none of the 170 passengers was hurt, an El Al official said. A Turkish airport official said one "terrorist" was being held after the incident. Witnesses said the passenger tried to storm the cockpit before security guards on board caught him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2002 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal investigators have all but concluded that Hesham Mohamed Hadayet was motivated more by personal woes than by political anger when he shot and killed two people at the El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport on July 4.
NEWS
June 21, 1986 | ROBERT E. DALLOS
El Al, the Israeli airline, is known to have the toughest security measures of any air carrier in the world. Many of its procedures are now being emulated by other carriers. The airline pays as much attention to the cargo it carries as it does to passengers and their carry-on baggage. At Kennedy International Airport, for example, everything that is put aboard an El Al plane is first carried through a bunkerlike building. What's inside is top secret.
WORLD
November 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli sky marshals foiled a hijacking attempt on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Turkey on Sunday, overpowering a man armed with a pocketknife, witnesses and officials said. Flight 581 landed safely in Istanbul and none of the 170 passengers was hurt, an El Al official said. A Turkish airport official said one "terrorist" was being held after the incident. Witnesses said the passenger tried to storm the cockpit before security guards on board caught him.
OPINION
July 10, 2002
Re "Airport Security Stakes Rising," July 7: As a traveler and investor in the Philippines (until my wife and I were kidnapped there in September 1997), I was always amazed at the rigorous security measures imposed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, while security at Los Angeles International Airport--a much more inviting target--was so, well, "lax." To leave NAIA, you had to pass through at least eight, and sometimes nine, checkpoints with a combination of armed guards and security personnel X-raying and opening your bags, patting you down and keeping an eye on people who acted suspiciously.
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