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El Al Back in Business

An El Al Boeing 707 took off for Paris this morning restoring Israel-flag air service after a nine day suspension due to a slow down by El Al maintenance crews. The maintenance workers agreed last night to resume normal work schedules, but the nature of the agreement they reached with the El Al management through Histadrut’s mediation was not immediately disclosed. Four of the company’s jets were serviced for flights today and all 13 will be ready by tomorrow although a full schedule is not expected to be resumed until Tuesday.

The impasse, which caused the El Al management to ground its jet fleet ten days ago, was broken shortly before midnight last night after a day of hectic negotiations which involved Premier, Yitzhak Rabin and Transport Minister Gad Yaacobi. They participated in meetings between the airline management and various employe committees. The maintenance workers met separately and contacts between the two groups were maintained by go-betweens.