EL AL operated the first commercial flight between Israel and Australia (LY88)
On March 24, 2020, EL AL operated the first commercial flight between Israel and Australia. It had the LY88 code.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (4X-EDI) EL AL took off from Perth (Australia) on March 24 at 20:45 pm. After about 14 hours and after traveling 11077 kilometers, the aircraft landed at Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). We also mention that the direct flight (LY87) was operated on the Tel Aviv - Perth direction, only without passengers. The flight duration was 13:45 hours.
The first flight between Israel and Australia
Flight LY88 repatriated 230 Israelis before the country closed its borders. We are in full pandemic with the new COVID-19, and governments have taken extreme measures to limit the spread of the virus.
Even if the flight was operated only once, we can say that it was a commercial flight. The tickets were sold in just 15 minutes, according to reports in the Israeli press.
He had long wanted to enter the Australian market and even planned to launch Tel Aviv - Melbourne. It was just that before AL officially entered the route, EL AL planned to operate a few test flights. Here is a first flight that was successfully operated.