El Al Flies on Shabbat in Sun D'Or Bailout

Sun D'Or, an El Al subsidiary, lost its license effective April 1 because it did not meet the criteria for being an airline - namely, it did not have its own planes or staff, as it relied entirely on El Al's infrastructure.

Three El Al planes and their air staff flew during Shabbat yesterday as part of the arrangement to find a solution for Sun D'Or passengers.

Sun D'Or, an El Al subsidiary, lost its license effective April 1 because it did not meet the criteria for being an airline - namely, it did not have its own planes or staff, as it relied entirely on El Al's infrastructure. It was set up so El Al would not have to fly on Shabbat, something that would anger religious customers.

As part of the arrangement, Sun D'Or's flights were flown by airlines Arkia and Israir yesterday - meaning they were listed under the letters of Arkia or Israir. El Al leased them planes and staff for these flights.

The companies will continue operating in this manner to cover Sun D'Or's flights on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

El Al planeCredit: Nir Keidar

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