Update: After up uproar and confusion in the aviation world and from IATA about the purpose of this ban, Israel is taking a step back and inviting airlines and stakeholders to state their objections in writing and email the IAA by 10/2, before a final decision is made.
Do you think Israel will walk back this rule?
יורדים מהעץ? אחרי שפורסם שברש״ת יאסרו נחיתת מטוסים עם ארבעה מנועים בנתבג (שיקולי רעש וסביבה) ואחרי הביקורת שנשמעה מכיוון יאטא כפי שפרסם @DanielSal_87, ברש״ת מפרסמים מכתב שקורא לחברות התעופה להשמיע את טענותיהן ״בטרם תתקבל החלטה בעניין״ pic.twitter.com/UnLyJMUR8G
— Michal Raz Chaimovitz | 'מיכל רז חיימוביץ (@gotomichal) September 8, 2022
Originally posted on 9/1:
The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) announced that effective 3/31/23 planes with 4 engines are banned from landing in Israel.
Commercial aircraft with 4 engines include the 747, A340, and A380. No airlines currently fly those planes to Israel, though there are cargo 747s that fly to Israel. El Al retired their 747s before the pandemic.
The IAA says that the ban is due to environmental, sustainability, and noise concerns, though planes like the 747 and A380 can be more efficient than smaller aircraft when fully loaded with passengers or cargo.
Emirates currently flies 2 daily 777s and there were rumors that they would fly their flagship A380, featuring their famous in-flight showers and bar, to Tel Aviv thanks to the route’s outstanding performance. However this rule will seemingly put an end to those hopes. Perhaps that’s what the rule is hoping to accomplish?
If you still want to fly on the 747, your options are rapidly dwindling. I flew on United’s final 747 flight some 5 years ago. Still flying the Queen of the Skies include Air China (747-400 and 747-8), Asiana (747-400), Korean Air which flies the 747-8 on routes like Seoul to/from Honolulu and Los Angeles, and Lufthansa which flies the 747-8 on routes like Frankfurt to/from Chicago, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
Otherwise, you can always settle for the AMEX augmented reality 747 site that will land a 747 in your home.
The IAA says that permits for 4 engine aircraft will be granted only in exceptional cases. Presumably that means Air Force One, currently operated by the 747-200 and later this decade to be flown by an updated 747-8, will still be allowed to visit the holy land. 😉