• Joe Breitfeller

flydubai’s First Scheduled Commercial Flight to Israel Lands in Tel Aviv

Yesterday, the carrier operated their first scheduled commercial flight between Dubai International Airport and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. The milestone occasion was marked by a traditional water canon salute and a VIP delegation.


flydubai's Inaugural Flight to Tel Aviv is Greeted by a Traditional Water Cannon Salute (November 26, 2020) - Courtesy flydubai

On Thursday (November 26, 2020), flydubai operated their first scheduled commercial flight between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. The inaugural flight was piloted by Captain Patrick Gonzenbach and Emirati First Officer, Abdulla Al Shamsi. Onboard the historic flight was a VIP delegation including flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv the flight was greeted with a traditional water canon salute and flydubai’s delegation was met by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ben Gurion International Airport’s CEO, Schmuel Zakay and aviation industry representatives.


Marking the occasion, flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said,


“Today’s inaugural flight sees the air transport agreement realized. 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.”


Also commenting on the milestone flight, flydubai’s Senior Vice President - Commercial Operations and E-commerce, Jeyhun Efendi, added,


“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.”



Flydubai’s extended codeshare partnership with Emirates offers guests more seamless connection via Dubai to 155 destinations in both networks to destinations in Australia, China, the Indian Ocean region, Japan, South Asia and the United States.


flydubai’s Business Class guests enjoy a comfortable and spacious seat, privacy, inflight entertainment with the latest films and TV shows and a range of dining options. Economy Class customers will also enjoy a comfortable Recaro-designed seat, offering space and comfort during flights of less than four hours. The airline continues to rollout Wi-Fi across their fleet to enable gate-to-gate connectivity for customers. Customers booking flights can choose between bundled (Flex/Value) or unbundled (Lite) fares to meet their travel needs.


Visitors to Dubai will enjoy one of the world’s leading tourism destinations with luxury hotels, shopping malls, the Burj Khalifa (the tallest man-made structure in the world) as well as stunning beaches and desert landscapes. Dubai as hosts international world-class entertainment, lifestyle and sporting events.

flydubai's DXB-TLV Schedule - Courtesy flydubai

flydubai has redesigned the guest experience to ensure the health and welfare of customers and crewmembers. The airline reminds customers to review all regulations online at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Centre for the entirety of their journey as well as guidance issued by the airline and government authorities. flydubai shares the Emirates Skywards loyalty program offering guests of both carriers the opportunity for reciprocal earning and redemption of miles.


flydubai was founded in 2009 and currently serves over 90 destinations in 48 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Europe, the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. The Dubai-based carrier has opened more than 65 routes to underserved markets and will expand its fleet to around 236 aircraft over the next decade. flydubai operates a single fleet type of over 50 Boeing 737s and has carried more than 75 million passengers since 2009.



Source: flydubai