EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES CHOSEN TO FLY POPE FRANCIS
AND HIS ENTOURAGE TO ROME FOLLOWING THEIR
HISTORIC VISIT TO ISRAEL
EL AL will operate a special flight for Pope Francis and his delegation from Tel Aviv
to Rome at the end of the papal visit to Israel on 26 May 2014. The Boeing 777
aircraft that will carry the Pope back to Rome will be adorned with the Vatican logo.
The papal entourage includes 30 church officials and 70 journalists. Special crew
members have been chosen to serve this flight and a special service profile is being
developed to reflect the uniqueness of the flight.
EL AL, which carries thousands of pilgrims to Israel from destinations around
the world, is aiming to ensure that the Pope’s visit will encourage pilgrims from all
corners of the world to visit Israel.
EL AL CEO David Maimon: “EL AL, the national carrier of Israel, is proud to have
been chosen to serve the Pope and his entourage on this historic visit to Israel with
a special flight to Rome following the Pope’s visit. We are making all the necessary
arrangements to accommodate for this historic pilgrimage, including assigning a
special crew of service personnel for the flight.”