Review of Israir flight Tel Aviv Catania in Economy

Airline Israir
Flight 6H331
Class Economy
Seat 20A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 03:20
Take-off 10 Oct 17, 09:20
Arrival at 10 Oct 17, 11:40
6H 11 reviews
Yonatan Paz
Published on 22nd December 2017
Hello and welcome to this Sicily trip of October 2017.

Flights were booked 6 only 5 days prior to the trip via the travel agency called "Blik". W

TLV (Tel Aviv, Israel) -> CTA (Catania, Italy) 6H A320 Y
CTA (Catania, Italy) -> (Tel Aviv, Israel) MYX A320 Y

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:
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The Check-In hall of Terminal 3:
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Our Check-In desk:
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The Check-In issue took about 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for the security check and the passport control.
The duty - free are:
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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:
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Corendon Airlines 737-800 will be departing soon to Antalya (AYT), Turkey:
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El Al Boeing 737-900ER before flying to Bucharest (OTP), Romania:
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Arkia Boeing 757-300 before flying to Zanzibar (ZAZ), Tanzania and Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9 landed from Shanghai (PVG), China:
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Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 landed from Hong Kong (HKG):
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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.
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Our gate:
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At the "AirBridge":
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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:
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The new E gates are almost ready for use:
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Some of the El Al's heavies:
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Astara Airlines Avro RJ100 before flying to SKG and TUS Airways Saab 2000 before flying to Larnaca:
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Wizz Air Airbus A320 landed from Iasi, Romania:
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Trade Air Airbus A320 will fly to Rome (FCO) behalf of Israir flight:
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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:
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Pitch is good for 3 hours flight:
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View from row 20:
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Boarding completed:
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Taxi to runway 26:
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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):
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View of Terminal 3 which is the main terminal at TLV:
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A high operation of wide-body jets at TLV (HU A333 - PEK, HU B789- PVG, TK A333 - IST, CX A359 - HKG, UA B772 - EWR):
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Cabin before departure:
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Take off!
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View of TLV's Airport:

View of the southern-central distcrit of Israel (nearby Tel Aviv):
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Entering into the clouds:
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Cabin after take-off, the plane seemed to be full today:
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Leaving the Israeli coast-line:
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Flight map and details:
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The lavatory:
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View of the cabin from the rear:
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Durning the flight all the passengers were served by cups of water freely. Other drinks and food were available for purschae.
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View of the mediterrean sea:
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Our location after 50 minutes of flying:
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Israir's reading stuff onboard including safety card:
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View of South Crete, Greece:
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View after passing crete:
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Getting closer to Sicily:
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Starting our descend into Catania (CTA):
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Cabin durning approach:
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3 minutes prior to landing:
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SXM of Europe!
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Touching down!
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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:
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Ryanair Boeing 737-800 arrived from Bergamo (BGY), Italy:
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S7 Airlines Airbus A321 will depart soon to Moscow - Domodedovo (DME), Russia:
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Air Berlin Airbus A320 (R.I.P) landed from Berling - Tegel (TXL), Germany:
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Airbus A320 of Alitalia landed from Rome - Fumicino (FCO), Italy:
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Leaving my plane after a nice flight!
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We had to wait for around a hour near the baggege claim:
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Cabin crew10.0

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 !



If you liked this review or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below !
  • Comment 423879 by
    Pilpintu TEAM BRONZE 890 Comments

    Hi, Yonatan!

    Time for spotting

    YEAH! The best time!
    AirOnur??? There was a Turkish soap opera on TV in my country (Sherezade) and the main character's name was Onur. All women here were in love with him! I bet my mother would love to fly OnurAir, only because of its name!! XDDD

    Some of the El Al's heavies

    Do they still have their B747??

    Our aircraft for today: Airbus A320, 4X-ABF (EX-2010), I flew on this registration from Kos (KGS) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in 2013.

    That man with the angry face looking at the camera!! I wonder why people look straight at the camera if they don't want to be photographed!!

    View from row 20

    The cabin looks oldish, but I like the color of the seats. So... 60s! And they are covered in imitation leather, which is good. Not long ago I flew on a plane with seats covered in some kind of textile. It was horrible! I thought I could feel the mites crawling on my skin!!

    View of the southern-central distcrit of Israel

    Beautiful aerials!!

    Other drinks and food were available for purschae.

    Too bad Israir is charging legacy prices for a low-cost service. That sounds unfair!

    View of South Crete, Greece:

    How wonderful! Crete has been on my list of destinations since my childhood!

    SXM of Europe!

    Without the hurricanes, fortunately!

    Merry Christmas !

    Have fun! My best wishes for 2018!

    Thanks for sharing!

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