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U.S. Signs Air Transport Pact with Israel; Jewish Planes to Fly to New York

The State Department today announced the signing in Tel Aviv of a reciprocal air transport agreement which will permit Israel planes to fly across the North Atlantic directly to New York.

The agreement was signed this afternoon by U.S. Ambassador James G. McDonald and Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett. It authorizes El Al, Israel National Airlines, the right to begin international passenger service to and from the United States immediately. The American flag darrier, Trans World Airlines (TWA), will continue conducting flights to Lydda. Equal rights for Israel planes in the U.S. are assured in the agreement.