TEL AVIV (Nov. 8)
West European consumers of fruits and vegetables are now able to buy fresh farm products from Israel flown nightly from Ben Gurion Airport by a new Israeli Cargo Airline Company. The new service was inaugurated last week when a Boeing 747, especially adapted for cargo, was loaded with farm products, freshly picked that day in Israel.
The new airline chartered the Boeing plane from El Al, which is in partnership with CAL and Israeli farmers and former airline pilots. Former Air Force Commander Mordechai Hod is general director of CAL.
CAL is operating flights each night from Ben Gurion Airport to Cologne, the main terminal for West European markets. The Israeli farm products reach Cologne in the pre-dawn hours and are immediately distributed to various markets, Hod said that for the first two months, CAL will bring autos and other machinery on return flights but hopefully the list of European products will be expanded.