20 October 2018 - 12 Heshvan 5779 - י"ב חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
From F-16s to Boeings EL AL chief sees only blue skies ahead Print E-mail

Elyezer Shkedy, President and CEO of EL AL Israel Airlines joined the airline in January 2010 after a distinguished career of nearly 33 years in the Israeli Air Force, earning the rank of Major General.

Shkedy was visiting Hong Kong in June, Jewish Times Asia sat down with EL AL's president to discuss the airlines position in Asia and his personal experiences as a fighter pilot.

Jewish Times Asia: What is the situation regarding Asia in the development plans of EL AL?

We are trying to put Asia more clearly on our map. We fly into four places in Asia: Hong Kong, Mumbai, Bangkok, and Beijing. We are trying to increase flight frequency. Lately, a year ago, I decided to make a change and we enlarged the capacity into Asia and added flights into Hong Kong, Mumbai and Beijing and that was quite a dramatic change.

It is complicated to get ‘slots’, especially in Beijing. One slot we got into Beijing was not attractive so we did not take it. We know what we want and that slot did not fit our requirements. The capacity in 2011 became much bigger than before.


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