El Al

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El Al (Hebrew: אל על, Above and beyond; Arabic: إل عال) is the airline name for passenger airplanes in Israel. It also flies to Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. El Al serves 48 destinations. El Al has only one hub: "Ben Gurion International Airport" of Tel Aviv

An El Al airplane in 1998.

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In 1948 the first President of Israel, after a conference in Geneva, had to return in Israel with a government aircraft, but this was not possible. So a C-54 was converted into a civil aircraft and repainted with the El Al logo in order to bring back the President in Israel. El Al become the official Israeli airline in 1948. The first international flight (from Tel Aviv to Paris) took place in 1949.