NEW YORK (Jun. 15)
The first non-stop flight from New York to Israel was made here this evening by a jet plane of the El Al-Israel Airlines, which started out from Idlewild International Airport, carrying 100 passengers. This is the longest non-stop flight in commercial aviation. It is estimated that the plane will land at Lydda Airport in Israel 10 hours and 20 minutes after leaving Idlewild.
El Al non-stop service between New York and Tel Aviv is now scheduled for departure every Thursday evening, bringing the passengers to Israel the next afternoon. A dinner and ceremony attended by prominent personalities marked the first take-off tonight. The guests attending the dinner, prior to the take-off, included a number of personalities who were on hand in May 1927, to see Charles A. Lindbergh begin his history-making non-stop flight to Paris.