El Al’s first scheduled flight to United Arab Emirates takes off on Monday
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El Al’s first scheduled flight to United Arab Emirates takes off on Monday

Flight LY971 (a nod to UAE’s international phone prefix of +971) set to leave Ben Gurion Airport bound for Abu Dhabi.

El Al's new aircraft, Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives for a welcome ceremony after landing at Ben Gurion International Airport.
El Al's new aircraft, Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives for a welcome ceremony after landing at Ben Gurion International Airport.

El Al is scheduled to set off on its first publicly advertised flight to the United Arab Emirates.

The flight, which appears to be reserved for dignitaries, is set to leave Ben Gurion Airport on Monday bound for Abu Dhabi, the Associated Press reported. The flight follows the announcement earlier this month that Israel and the UAE will normalise their relations in the framework of a U.S.-brokered deal,

The Israel Airports Authority on Friday listed flight LY971, which is also the UAE’s international phone prefix, +971. The return flight is numbered LY972, which is Israel’s prefix, +972.

U.S. officials have said that the first flight between the two Middle Eastern countries will include several American officials, including Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Mideast envoy Avi Berkowitz and envoy for Iran Brian Hook.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier announced that his national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, will lead Israel’s delegation aboard the flight.

Israeli and UAE teams are negotiating the terms of the ties between the two countries after normalisation, officials from both countries have said.

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