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Old May 8, 12, 3:37 am   #1
 
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The first time you flew El Al...

When was the first time you flew El Al.
For me, it was 20 years ago, in 1992: it was a flight from CDG to ETH with a 762.
It was the good old time...
At that time, IIRC, LY flew 7 742s, 2 732s, 4 762s, and 7 757s (correct me if I am wrong).

What about you?
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Old May 8, 12, 3:56 am   #2
 
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1983 TLV-JFK on a 747-100 or 2OO
I was a child traveling with my parents.
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Old May 8, 12, 4:02 am   #3
 
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1983 TLV-JFK on a 747-100 or 2OO
I was a child traveling with my parents.
IIRC, LY never operated 747-100s. I guess it was a -200 (?)
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Old May 8, 12, 4:09 am   #4
 
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The first time you flew El Al...

1964. Paris Orly to TLV 707 the first of many flights - lots of long haul, HKG TLV and BKK TLV my most regular these days. If only El Al came all the way to SYD.
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Old May 8, 12, 4:28 am   #5
 
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July 2000. 747-200 outbound (JFK-TLV) and 747-400 inbound (TLV-EWR).

Outbound, saw a really scary movie.

Inbound, first time I ever saw PTVs on a plane. Had about 8 channels. Was revolutionary at the time.

Fantastic flights and crews. Got amenity kit - socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, eye shades, and don't remember what else.
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Old May 8, 12, 5:00 am   #6
 
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July 1984
JFK-TLV-JFK
747-200
Big thrill was Tefillah (prayer) inflight.
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Old May 8, 12, 5:57 am   #7
 
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JUly 1971.. JFK-TLV nonstop on a 707.. No movies, very boring flight as a kid, but great food .. on the return,, TLV-AMS-YUL-JFK on the same 707.. 747 was just introduced but did not take " the jumbo" at that time...
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Old May 8, 12, 6:29 am   #8
 
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IIRC, LY never operated 747-100s. I guess it was a -200 (?)
At that age i didn't know that they have diffarent jumbos.
I also didn't earn miles for that flight....
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Old May 8, 12, 7:37 am   #9
 
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For me it was Aug 1970 JFK-TLV on a 707, on the way to Hebrew University for the year. It was also the first time I was on any plane
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Old May 8, 12, 8:50 am   #10
 
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July 2004 on Taglit.

Was my first int'l trip anywhere... I paid for an upgrade to C, got upper deck, it was pretty cool!
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Old May 8, 12, 9:10 am   #11
 
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July 2004 on Taglit.

Was my first int'l trip anywhere... I paid for an upgrade to C, got upper deck, it was pretty cool!
Were you a participant? Taglit didn't mind you upgrading yourself?
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Old May 8, 12, 10:39 am   #12
 
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I was a participant... those yutzes demanded that I arrive at JFK 4 hours before the flight(otherwise no trip for u was the threat...), I wasn't about to spend them hanging out at the gate. (nor 11 hours in the back of a 747).

I got my ticket, took it to the ticket counter, they wanted 799 each way. done. The leader was a bit miffed but so be it.
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Old May 8, 12, 11:00 am   #13
 
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My very first flight! LY142, JNB-NBO-TLV 8 MAY 1969

Aircraft was 4X-ATT
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Old May 8, 12, 11:43 am   #14
 
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December 2009 and January 2010 on Taglit as well. JFK-TLV-JFK. Pretty sure I had 744 both ways.

Crowded and noisy. Surprised by quantity of food they had not surprised by its lack of quality.

Overall great experience!
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Old May 8, 12, 4:32 pm   #15
 
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July 2000. 747-200 outbound (JFK-TLV)
Am very superised that in 2000 elal still sent 742's to JFK.

They must have stopped very shortly afterwards.
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