October 1st, 2007
The internet is abuzz with rumors of an upcoming announcement of an AA-El Al partnership.
El Al’s current codeshare agreement with Delta is ending due to Delta’s launching of non-stop JFK-TLV service that will directly compete with El Al.
The agreement would allow AA to sell AA-coded flights from the US to TLV. Additionally it would allow for award redemptions and elite-qualifying miles to be earned on the carrier of your choice.
AA does not fly directly to TLV due to the threat of having their plane repossesed in TLV to pay off debt obligations that TWA left unpaid when they declared bankruptcy and were bought out by AA.