Originally posted on 11/27:
El Al has been under heavy labor strife of late with lots of cancelled and heavily delayed flights.
Pilots blame the company’s use of wet-leased aircraft where they outsource their flights to Spanish or Portuguese carriers. Customers have not been happy to buy tickets on El Al, only to wind up on other airlines.
Arutz Sheva is reporting that El Al and their pilots have come to a preliminary agreement where pilots will receive a pay raise and El Al will end their wet leases. Pilots will also agree to shorter breaks when abroad and to fly on shorter routes that will shorten flight times by as much as 45 minutes between NYC and Tel Aviv, as apprently they have been taking longer routes in order to increase their hours on the clock.
Hopefully the agreement will be signed shortly and the service disruptions will quickly come to an end.
Now if only they would fix their frequent flyer program, Matmid…