First Israel-UAE Direct Commercial Flight Takes Off

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US Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner (C-R) and US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien (C-L) pose with members of the Israeli-American delegation in front of the El Al’s flight LY971, which will carry the delegation from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on August 31, 2020. – The El Al flight, scheduled to leave at 0730 GMT from Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, will carry a delegation led on the American side by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner. (Photo by Heidi levine / AFP)

The first direct commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates took off Monday from Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, AFP journalists on the ground reported.

Flight 971 of Israel’s national carrier El Al was carrying a joint US-Israeli delegation led on the American side by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor.

A picture taken on August 31, 2020, shows Israeli women taking pictures of the El Al’s airliner, ahead of the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, which will carry a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalisation accord. Heidi levine / POOL / AFP.
 
A picture taken on August 31, 2020, shows the El Al’s airliner, which will carry a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalisation accord, lifting off from the tarmac in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP).

It was due to land Monday afternoon in Abu Dhabi, marking the Israel-UAE agreement to normalise ties.

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