Captain Tal Becker

El Al Flight LY971 Preflight Welcome Address

delivered 31 August 2020, Ben Gurion Airport, Lod, Israel


[Opening remarks in Arabic]

Ladies and gentlemen,

Shalom and welcome on -- onboard El Al Flight number 971 from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi.

This is captain Tal Becker speaking. We are very pleased to host you aboard the historic flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi.

This flight records two significant events in the history of the state of Israel and the region, heralding another step towards regional peace: For the very first time an Israeli register -- an Israeli-registered aircraft will overfly Saudi Arabia, and, after a nonstop flight from Israel, land in the United Arab Emirates.

The duration of the flight, with the shortened route over Saudi Arabia, will be approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes -- instead of what would have been more than 7 hours up to now.

Captain Tal Becker waves to onlookers prior to the departure of EL AL Flight YL971 from Ben Gurion airport. Carrying high ranking U.S. and Israeli officials, among others, YL971 becomes the first commercially-booked aircraft to fly direct from Israel to Abu Dhabi and across Saudi airspace en route. [Photo credit: Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP]

At the end of this historic nonstop flight, the wheels of the aircraft, with the flag of the state of Israel on its tail, will touch down on the runway in Abu Dhabi, the capitol of the United Emirates.

This will be another significant event in our history just as El Al was...when peace was signed between Jerusalem, Cairo, and Amman.

We are all excited and look forward to more historic flights that will take us to other capitol cities in the region, advancing us all to a more prosperous future.

Wishing us all salaam, peace, and shalom.

Have a safe flight. Thank you.


[Closing remarks in Hebrew]

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