By COLlive reporter
Tel Aviv, here we come.
Israel’s flagship airline El Al celebrated the return of non-stop flights between Tel Aviv and Miami at a special event at Miami International Airport on Wednesday.
The airline canceled service in September 2008 and did not renew it due to the economic crisis that drove up fuel costs and rates, said Yoram Elgrabli, El Al’s managing director for North and Central America.
On board its inaugural flight was Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau who carried along El Al’s official Torah scroll.
The event dedicating El Al’s new offices in Miami was attended by El Al CEO David Maimon, Elgrabli, and Mayor of Miami Dade County Carlos Gimenez.
Miami’s Chabad Shluchim Rabbi Chaim Lipskar and Rabbi Eli Lipskar were in attendance along with Rabbi Lau, with Rabbi Lau and Rabbi Eli Lipskar each affixing a Mezuzah on the new offices.
Chabad of Brickell will be hosting a special “El Al Shabbos,” including talks by Rabbi Lau at both Friday night dinner and Shabbos lunch, and a rooftop Shabbos dinner for El Al employees. The El Al Torah will be read in Shul on Shabbos as well.
Beginning Wednesday, the airline is offering three weekly roundtrip flights on 279-seat Boeing 777-200 aircrafts for the nearly 12-hour flight to Tel Aviv, the Miami Herald reported.