El-Al Flies to Istanbul — Part 2

The DC-3 which we transferred from 103 Squadron to El-Al and which was numbered 1407 was registered by the Civil Aviation Authority as 4X-ATA (interestingly this was the registration of the first El-Al Boeing 707-458 with which I was hijacked in 1968) and given an air-worthiness certificate. Nathan and I decided that I would perform…

El-Al Flies to Istanbul — Part 1

Early in January 1951 Turkey and Israel signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement. In February El-Al was expected to perform its first return-flight from Lod to Nicosia and Istanbul. El-Al had at that time 8 airplanes: 2 DC-4s, 3 C-46s and 3 Lockheed-049 Constellations. El-Als load factor in 1951 was 60%. With its 8 airplanes…