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El Al

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747 in a superseded colour scheme.

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 777 in the latest (2003) colour scheme

El Al Israel Airlines (Hebrew: Skyward) is the national airline of Israel. It is based at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv and uses the IATA designator LY.

El Al was established in late 1948, just after the new country was founded. It currently employs a fleet of about 30 aircraft, all Boeings (747, 757, 767 and 777 models).

El Al was completely owned by the Israeli government, but a move to privatise began on June 12, 2003 when its shares debuted on the Tel Aviv stock exchange.

The airline is renowned for the tough security on its planes.

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