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Israir Airlines and Tourism


http://www.israirairlines.com/


OST-02-14177 December 30, 2002 Application for an Exemption Tel Aviv-New York Passenger Charters

Israir is a privately owned airline that started operations in 1966. It currently operates scheduled ATR-42 service within Israel and B757-200 charter service to destinations throughout Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean. In 2002, it carried over 650,000 passengers. The company has its headquarters at 23 Ben Yehuda Street Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israir has recently been designated by the Government of Israel to operate charter service to and from the United States under the Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Israel. To perform this service, Israir will dry-lease a B767-330ER aircraft from International Lease Finance Corporation of Los Angeles, California. It is the company's intention initially to operate three weekly roundtrips between Tel Aviv and New York, New York during the period from June 15, 2003 to June 14, 2005.

Counsel:  Stephen Gelband, 202 337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com

OST-02-14178 December 30, 2002 Application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit Israel-US Passenger Charters
    Exhibit A - Experience of Key Management Personnel  
    Exhibit B - Certificate of Insurance  
    Exhibit C - Commercial Operating Authority and Designation Diplomatic Note  
    Exhibit D - Destinations  
    Exhibit E - Financial Statements (Confidential)  
    Exhibit F - Traffic and Financial Results of Proposed Service (Confidential)  
    Exhibit G - Waiver of Warsaw Convention Liability Limits  
    Exhibit H - Airline Family Assistance Plan  
    Exhibit I - Summary of Passenger Manifest Information Collection Plan  
    Exhibit J - Verification  

Hereby applies for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit enabling Israir to engage in charter foreign air transportation of persons and property between a point or points in Israel and a point or point in the United States and in other charter trips in foreign air transportation, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations of the Department's regulations governing charters.

Israir here seeks authority to transport passengers and property in charter foreign air transportation between a point or points in Israel and a point or points in the United States, and other charter trips in foreign air transportation. Israir will use a Boeing 767-330ER aircraft dry leased from International Lease Finance Corporation from Los Angeles, California, for passenger charter service between Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, New York. Property will also be carried to the extent available. Three nonstop roundtrips will initially be operated per week during its first year of operations starting June 15, 2003. The aircraft will be configured with 24 C Class seats and 241 Y Class seats.

Israir started operations in 1996 as a domestic scheduled airline operating two ATR-42 aircraft with 50 seats. In 1988, Israir expanded its operations to include international destinations in Jordan, Greece and Cyprus. Since March 1999, Israir has been operating charter flights from Tel Aviv and Eilat to destinations throughout Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean. In 2001, it carried over 600,000 passengers, including 239,000 on international charter flights, and 380,000 on its schedule domestic Eilat routes where it operates more than 20 daily flights from Tel Aviv and Haifa. Israir also operates special charter flights for organized groups, businessmen, sports teams, VIP's and government officials, including the Prime Minister of Israel on official state visits. Israir also markets ground services -- primarily vacation packages, flights, accommodations, leisure and tourism products -- through the company's state-of-the-art reservations center. Israir Charter (1994) Ltd., the airline's in-house tour operator, retails the international products of Israir and other airlines.

Counsel:  Stephen Gelband, 202 337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com

OST-02-14178 December 30, 2002 Motion for Confidential Treatment Israel-US Passenger Charters

Counsel:  Stephen Gelband, 202 337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com

OST-02-14178 February 6, 2003 Supplement to Application Foreign Air Carrier Permit to Engage in Foreign Charter Air Transportation of Persons and Property - Israel-US
    Exhibit C: Commercial Operation License  

Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. hereby submits a copy in Hebrew with an English translation of its current Commercial Operation License issued by the Ministry of Transport, Government of Israel. This document is referred to as Exhibit C in its previously filed Application.

Counsel:  Stephen Gelband, 202-337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com

OST-02-14177 Filed December 30, 2002
Issued February 14, 2003
Notice of Action Taken Tel Aviv, Israel - New York Charter Passenger

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. 41301 to conduct charter foreign air transportation of persons and property between Tel Aviv, Israel, and New York, NY; and other charters pursuant to 14 CFR 212 of the Departmentís regulations.

By: Paul Gretch 


 

OST-02-14177 - Exemption - Israel-US Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

January 22, 2004

Application for Renewal and Amendment of Exemption

Israir was not able to inaugurate the passenger and property charter services to the United States on its originally contemplated timetable because of the geo‑political situation in the Middle East and the Iraqi War. However, it has firm plans to do so commencing in May/June of this year. It, therefore, hereby requests extension of its exemption authority for a two‑year period beyond the current expiry date of February 14, 2004.

Israir' s current exemption authorizes it to "conduct charter foreign air transportation of persons and property between Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, N.Y.; and other charters pursuant to 14 CFR 212 of the Department's Regulations". Since Israir wishes to offer charter services to Orlando, FL and other U.S. points ‑ in addition to New York ‑‑ in order to avoid confusion, Israir hereby requests that the order renewing its authority make this broader authority explicit.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-478-0961, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-02-14177 - Exemption Foreign Passenger Charter Air Transportation between Tel Aviv and New York

February 4, 2004

Amendment to Application for Renewal and Amendment of Exemption | Word

Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. hereby amends the Application for Renewal and Amendment of Exemption it filed in this docket on January 8, 2004, by adding the following sentence thereto: Israir hereby invokes the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act to automatically extend its existing exemption authority in this docket until action is taken by the Department on this Application for Renewal and Amendment of Exemption.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-98-3304 - Family Assistance Plans

Revised as of March 11, 2004

Re: Amended Family Assistance Plan | Word

By: Israir


OST-02-14177 - Israel-US via Intermediate Points

Filed January 22, 2004 | Issued August 3, 2004

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Renew and amend existing exemption authority to the extent necessary to engage in charter foreign air transportation of persons and property between any point or points in Israel, on the one hand, and any point or points in the United States, on the other hand, either directly or via intermediate points, and beyond for the carriage of stopover or transiting traffic only; and other charters pursuant to Part 212.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-02-14177 - Exemption Foreign Passenger Charter Air Transportation between Tel Aviv and New York

January 24, 2005

Application for Renewal of Exemption | Word

Israir has been conducting charter flights pursuant to the aforesaid authority and has plans to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. It, therefore, hereby requests extension of its exemption authority for a two‑year period beyond the current expiry date of August 3, 2005.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Israel-US Passenger Charters

Filed January 14, 2005 | Issued June 16, 2005

Notice of Action Taken

Renew exemption from 49 U. S .C. § 41301 to engage in charter foreign air transportation of persons and property between any point or points in Israel, on the one hand, and any point or points in the United States, on the other hand, either directly or via intermediate points, and beyond for the carriage of stopover or transiting traffic only; and other charters pursuant to Part 212.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption Foreign Passenger Charter Air Transportation between Tel Aviv and New York

March 2, 2006

Application for Amendment of Exemption

Israir hereby applies for amendment of the Exemption granted to it by Notice of Action Taken issued June 16, 2005 in this Docket which authorized Israir to engage in charter foreign air transportation of' persons and property between Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, New York.

This Application for amendment of Israir's current exemption is being filed so that Israir will be able to commence scheduled services to the United States as quickly as possible. Israir is in a position to commence scheduled services immediately upon issuance of this authority. Expedited consideration of this Application is therefore requested.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-2002-14178 - Israel-US Passenger Charters


March 2, 2006

Amendment No. 1 to Application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit - Bookmarked

Israir hereby submits this Amendment No. 1 to its Application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit previously filed in this Docket. Israir’s original application sought authority to engage solely in charter transportation of persons and property between points in Israel and New York, N.Y. in the United States. No action has yet been taken on this request. Israir, however, has received exemption authority through a series of Notices of Action Taken to conduct such charter authority, and it has been doing so for the past three years.

Israir has now been designated by the Government of Israel to conduct scheduled service carrying passengers, property and mail between Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, N.Y., and such designation has been forwarded to the Department of State by Diplomatic Note. To implement this new designation, Israir hereby amends its original application in this Docket to request issuance of Foreign Air Carrier Permit authorizing it to engage in scheduled service between Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, N.Y., including service to intermediate and beyond points, to the full extent permitted by the U.S.-Israel Bilateral Air Services Agreement.

Israir will utilize a Boeing 767-330ER aircraft for its scheduled services configured with 18 C and 242 Y class seats. Initially, it will operate four weekly scheduled passenger flights between Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, New York, starting immediately upon receipt of the necessary authority. Property and mail will also be carried to the extent available. It is planned that this schedule will increase to six weekly flights commencing in the forthcoming summer season.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com


March 2, 2006

Motion for Rule 12 Confidential Treatment

Exhibit B: Exhibit B is a one-page pro forma profit and loss statement and traffic forecast for Applicant’s first year of scheduled operations to the United States.

Exhibit C: Exhibit C is a four-page summary of Israir's financial accounts, including a balance sheet showing current assets and liabilities, and a profit and loss statement for calendar years 2003 through 2004.

Israir is a privately-held Israeli company and is not required to make public disclosures of its financial statements under Israeli law. The information is not otherwise available to the public, and its disclosure in Israir’s application is not required in order to further the public interest. The public release of this commercially sensitive information would provide Israir’s commercial rivals with an unwarranted competitive advantage.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Foreign Passenger Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

March 27, 2006

Supplement to Application for Amendment of Exemption

Israir seeks authority in this Application to conduct scheduled passenger services between Tel Aviv and New York in accordance with the designation it recently received from the Government of Israel. Israir requests that its instant application for exemption authority to conduct scheduled passenger service be acted upon separately from its current charter service authority so that it may be granted as quickly as possible.

Counsel: Stephan Gelband, 202-337-8970, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Foreign Passenger Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

Filed March 2, 2006 | Supplemented March 27, 2006 | Issued March 28, 2006

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 to engage in scheduled foreign air transportation of passengers, property and mail between Tel Aviv, Israel on the one hand and New York, New York, on the other hand.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Foreign Passenger Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

April 7, 2006

Application for Renewal of Charter Exemption | Word

Although Israir was recently granted authority to conduct scheduled passenger, property and mail service between Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, N.Y., Israir has plans to operate charter flights from time to time to points in the United States other than New York.  It, therefore, hereby requests extension of its charter exemption authority beyond the current expiry date of June 16, 2006.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-478-0961, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Foreign Passenger Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

Filed April 7, 2006 | Issued May 26, 2006

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Renew exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 to engage in charter foreign air transportation of persons and property between any point or points in Israel, on the one hand, and any point or points in the United States, on the other hand, either directly or via intermediate points, and beyond for the carriage of stopover or transiting traffic only; and other charters pursuant to Part 212.

By: Paul Gretch


Order 2006-11-13
OST-2006-23528

Issued and Served November 16, 2006

Consent Order

This consent order concerns deceptive advertising and unauthorized engaging in air transportation by lsrair Airlines and Tourism, Ltd., a foreign air carrier based in Tel Aviv, Israel, that violated 14 CFR 399.84 and 14 CFR Part 380 of the Department's regulations, as well as 49 U.S.C. § 41301, and which also constituted an unfair and deceptive practice and unfair method of competition in violation of 49 U.S.C. § 41712. This order directs Israir to cease and desist from future violations and assesses the carrier a compromise civil penalty of $55,000.

By: Rosalind Knapp


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Foreign Passenger Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

January 3, 2006

Application for Renewal of Exemption

Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. hereby applies for renewal of the exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 et seq. granted it by the Department in Notice of Action Taken dated March 28, 2006 in this docket.

Except for the recent information provided in the attached letter dated January 2, 2007 to the Foreign Air Carrier Licensing Division, there have been no significant changes in the information supplied to the Department in this docket or in Israir's Application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit filed in docket OST-2002‑14178.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 202-478-0961, slg@gelbandlaw.com


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Foreign Passenger Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

Filed January 3, 2007 | Issued February 2, 2007

Notice of Action Taken

Renew exemption from 49 U.S.C. 41301 to engage in charter foreign air transportation of persons and property between any point or points in Israel, on the one hand, and any point or points in the United States, on the other hand, either directly or via intermediate points, and beyond for the carriage of stopover or transiting traffic only; and other charters pursuant to Part 212.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Foreign Passenger Charters - Tel Aviv-New York

Filed January 3, 2007 | Issued February 2, 2007

Notice of Action Taken - Corrected Copy

Renew exemption from 49 U.S.C. 41301 to engage in charter foreign air transportation of passengers, property and mail between Tel Aviv, Israel on the one hand and New York, New York, on the other hand.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Tel Aviv-New York Passenger Charters

November 6, 2007

Application for Renewal of Exemption

Israir has been conducting scheduled flights pursuant to the aforesaid authority and has plans to continue to do so for the indefinite future. It, therefore, hereby requests extension of its exemption authority for a minimum of two years beyond the current expiry date of February 2, 2008. Authority for more than one year is necessary for proper planning and development of the company.

There have been no significant changes in the information supplied to the Department in this docket or in Israir's Application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit filed in docket OST-2002-14178 and in its letter dated January 2, 2007 addressed to the Foreign Air Carrier Licensing Division.

Counsel: Gelband Law, Stephen Gelband, 202-478-0961, slg@gelbandlaw.com


Order 2007-12-4
OST-2007-26781

Issued and Served December 11, 2007

Consent Order

This order concerns violations by Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. of the requirements of 14 CFR Part 382, with respect to filing annual reports detailing disability-related complaints that the foreign air carrier received from passengers in calendar years 2004 and 2005. Part 382 implements the Air Carrier Access Act, 49 U.S.C. § 41705, and violations of that part also violate the ACAA. This order directs Israir to cease and desist from future similar violations of Part 382 and the ACAA and assesses the carrier $18,000 in civil penalties.

Israir is an Israel-based foreign carrier operating limited service to and from the U.S. It operated on average 2.5 roundtrip flights per week to the U.S. in 2004 and 3 roundtrip flights per week to the U.S in 2005 using at least one aircraft having a design seating capacity of more than 60 passenger seats. Israir’s operations into the U.S. clearly fall within the scope of the reporting rule. Therefore, Israir violated section 382.70 and the ACAA when it submitted the required report detailing disability-related complaints it received on flights to or from the U.S. in calendar year 2004 more than 16 months late on May 31, 2006, and when it submitted the required report for calendar year 2005 on June 18, 2006, more than 5 months after the date the report was due. Further, these reports were submitted only after the Enforcement Office contacted the carrier regarding its delinquency.

We view seriously Israir’s failure to submit its 2004 and 2005 reports in a timely manner. Accordingly, after carefully considering all the facts in this case, including those set forth above, the Enforcement Office believes that enforcement action is warranted. By this order, the Department finds that Israir violated 14 CFR Part 382 and 49 U.S.C. § 41705 by submitting late reports for disability-related complaints received in 2004 and 2005. In order to avoid litigation, Israir has agreed to settle this matter with the Enforcement Office and enter into this consent order directing Israir to cease and desist from future similar violations of Part 382 and 49 U.S.C. § 41705, and assessing $18,000 in compromise of potential civil penalties otherwise due and payable. We believe this compromise assessment is appropriate and serves the public interest. It represents an adequate deterrence to future noncompliance with the Department’s reporting requirements by Israir, as well as by other domestic and foreign air carriers.

By: Rosalind Knapp



OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Tel Aviv-New York Passenger Charters

Filed November 6, 2007 | Issued March 28, 2008

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Renew for a minimum of two years exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 to engage in scheduled foreign air transportation of passengers, property and mail between Tel Aviv, Israel on the one hand and New York, New York, on the other hand.

By: Paul Gretch



OST-2002-14177 - Exemption - Tel Aviv-New York Passenger Charters

February 2, 2009

Application for Renewal of Exemption

Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. hereby applies for renewal of the exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 et seq. granted it by the Department in Notice of Action Taken dated March 28, 2008 in this docket.

Israir has been conducting scheduled flights between New York and Tel Aviv for the past several years pursuant to the aforesaid authority and, although it has temporarily suspended such flights, it plans to resume them in the near future as soon as U.S.-Israel market conditions improve. It, therefore, hereby requests extension of its exemption authority for a minimum of two-years beyond the current expiry date of March 28, 2009. Authority for more than one year is necessary for proper planning and development of the company.

There have been no significant changes in the information supplied to the Department in this docket and in Israir’s Application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit filed in docket OST-2002-14178.

Counsel: Stephen Gelband, 301-951-1032


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