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Flydubai's debut flight gets big welcome at Israel airport

DUBAI, November 28, 2020

Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai said its inaugural commercial flight to Israel from its hub, Dubai International, was welcomed at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) in style with the symbolic water cannon salute on Thursday (November 26). 
 
The debut flight, flown by Captain Patrick Gonzenbach and Emirati First Officer, Abdulla Al Shamsi, had on board a delegation led by flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith. 
 
On arrival, they were greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with senior officials of aviation industry including the CEO of Ben Gurion International Airport Shmuel Zakay and others.
 
Al Ghaith said: "Today’s inaugural flight sees the air transport agreement realised. The creation of these direct air links will support the development of commercial ventures across a number of sectors helping to drive success and prosperity. We look forward to welcoming the first passengers from Israel as they come to explore the UAE."
 
Jeyhun Efendi, Senior VP, Commercial Operations and E-commerce, said: "Since we announced the launch of operations to Tel Aviv we have seen strong demand for services from both Israel and the UAE."
 
"We received our first bookings from both tourists and business travellers shortly after the schedule was published. There is opportunity to further grow our double daily service," he noted.
 
The Dubai-based budget carrier offers convenient and reliable travel services. Passengers will have the option to experience Business Class enjoying space and privacy in the cabin, a comfortable spacious seat, inflight entertainment with films and TV shows available to watch and a range of dining options. 
 
Kosher meals are available to pre-order. Passengers will also benefit from a priority check-in service at Terminal 3, Dubai International.
 
Its extended codeshare partnership with Emirates offers travellers more seamless connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub to 155 destinations between both the Emirates and flydubai networks including Australia, China, Indian Ocean, Japan, South Asia and the US.
 
Passengers travelling in Economy Class will enjoy a Recaro designed seat offering optimal levels of space and comfort in the air during the less than four-hour flight. 
 
flydubai continues to roll-out WiFi across its fleet enabling passengers to stay connected during their flight and can browse the web, send emails, use social networks and get the latest news. Passengers are able to choose between bundled, Flex/Value, or unbundled, Lite, fares depending on their travel needs.-TradeArabia News Service



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