I and my family have dropped at Terminal 3 of Ben Gurion Airport at 6:45 AM for a 9:20 AM departure.
The unpacking passengers area of Terminal 3:
The Check-In hall of Terminal 3:
Our Check-In desk: English:
The Check-In issue took about 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for the security check and the passport control. The duty - free are:
Time for spotting: Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-300 landed from Beijing (PEK), China, British Airways Boeing 777-200ER will be departing to London (LHR), the UK, El Al Boeing 767-300ER landed from Bombay (BOM), India and Onur Air A321 arrived from Antalya (AYT), Turkey:
Corendon Airlines 737-800 will be departing soon to Antalya (AYT), Turkey:
El Al Boeing 737-900ER before flying to Bucharest (OTP), Romania:
Arkia Boeing 757-300 before flying to Zanzibar (ZAZ), Tanzania and Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9 landed from Shanghai (PVG), China:
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 landed from Hong Kong (HKG):
Lets head to our gate, D2 which is an Airbridge but offers an exit only via bus (Airplanes can't connect to the gate due to constructions near the airbridge.
At the "AirBridge":
We have to drive for about 7 minutes before we will rich our plane. Boarding was delayed by 10 minutes as The passengers of the previous passengers to Rome hadn't finished their boarding yet. Journey in the bus:
The new E gates are almost ready for use:
Some of the El Al's heavies:
Astara Airlines Avro RJ100 before flying to SKG and TUS Airways Saab 2000 before flying to Larnaca:
Wizz Air Airbus A320 landed from Iasi, Romania:
Trade Air Airbus A320 will fly to Rome (FCO) behalf of Israir flight:
Our aircraft for today: Airbus A320, 4X-ABF (EX-2010), I flew on this registration from Kos (KGS) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in 2013.
Cabin durning boarding:
Pitch is good for 3 hours flight:
View from row 20:
Taxi to runway 26:
The pilot annouced that the flight time to Catania will be about 3 hours. View of Terminal 1 which is taking care of domestic flights to Eilat, low-cost flights (Easy Jet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, UP) and Alitalia flights to Athens (ATH):
View of Terminal 3 which is the main terminal at TLV:
A high operation of wide-body jets at TLV (HU A333 - PEK, HU B789- PVG, TK A333 - IST, CX A359 - HKG, UA B772 - EWR):
Cabin before departure:
View of TLV's Airport:
View of the southern-central distcrit of Israel (nearby Tel Aviv):
Entering into the clouds:
Cabin after take-off, the plane seemed to be full today:
Leaving the Israeli coast-line:
Flight map and details:
View of the cabin from the rear:
Durning the flight all the passengers were served by cups of water freely. Other drinks and food were available for purschae.
View of the mediterrean sea:
Our location after 50 minutes of flying:
Israir's reading stuff onboard including safety card:
View of South Crete, Greece:
View after passing crete:
Getting closer to Sicily:
Starting our descend into Catania (CTA):
Cabin durning approach:
3 minutes prior to landing:
SXM of Europe!
After the landing I could see the magnific view of Volcano Etna! Bulgarian Air Charters MD82 (operated by Mistral Air) landed from Tel Aviv (TLV), Israel:
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 arrived from Bergamo (BGY), Italy:
S7 Airlines Airbus A321 will depart soon to Moscow - Domodedovo (DME), Russia:
Air Berlin Airbus A320 (R.I.P) landed from Berling - Tegel (TXL), Germany:
Airbus A320 of Alitalia landed from Rome - Fumicino (FCO), Italy:
Leaving my plane after a nice flight!
We had to wait for around a hour near the baggege claim:
Tel Aviv - TLV
Catania - CTA
It was a nice flight with Israir. The flight departed with a little delay but it landed on time. The crew was nice and warm. I find Israir's A320 a very comfortable airplane for flights to Europe: The seats are comfortable and have a good recline. Also, the seats are wide and have enough legroom (around 31"). I hadn't got anything except water. I don't need anything else but It isn't a low-cost flight. It could be nice if the crew had offered to the passengers some soft & hot drinks for free. 3 hours flight isn't too much and I ate before at the airport.
To summarize, It was a good flight and I would like to fly with Israir again.
Thank you for watching and feel free to ask questions and comment on my report! Merry Christmas !
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