EL AL Israel Airlines back in the freighter market with Atlas deal

By Rachelle Harry

Freighter operator Atlas Air and EL AL Israel Airlines have entered an agreement that will allow the Tel Aviv-based carrier to expand its reach and cargo lift for its customers through the use of a B747.

As part of the ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) agreement, Atlas Air will operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter on “significant routes”, mainly Liege – Tel Aviv, commencing from this month, to serve the growth in demand across EL AL’s freight network.

John Dietrich, president and chief executive, Atlas Air Worldwide, explained: “This new agreement will allow EL AL to capitalize on the state-of-the-art service solutions provided by our aircraft.

“We welcome EL AL as a new customer and look forward to supporting EL AL as it continues to capture market opportunities and enhance its position as a leader in Israel’s cargo industry.”

Ronen Spira, head of EL AL’s cargo division, added: “We are committed to providing our customers with a variety of cargo solutions. This strategic initiative with Atlas Air enables us to provide our customers with a stable and high-quality operation for all types of cargo. Atlas Air’s fleet of 747 aircraft is well-suited to support EL AL’s operations and schedules.”

In August of last year, the Israeli airline ended its own freighter operation when it returned a B747-400F to its lessor.

In another cargo play, the carrier also signed up to offer its capacity through online platform cargo.one in 2019.

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