NEW YORK (Jul. 29)
The “perfect passenger safety record” of the El Al Israel Airlines during the four years of its existence was emphasized here today in a statement issued by the airline, which is marking the beginning of its fifth year of international operation.
The statement, issued by Dr. Dror Galezer, American manager of finance and administration at the airline’s headquarters here, revealed that El Al is one of the few international airlines to show a profit since its first full year in operation. Yehuda Koppel, commercial manager for the Western Hemisphere, said in an anniversary statement that the company now carries passengers and cargo to 15 countries on four continents and that its passenger traffic has tripled since 1949.
Louis A. Pincus, El Al’s managing director, stated that El Al Israel Airlines had begun as a necessity and had proved itself to be a vital factor in the security and development of the State of Israel. “Today, ” Mr. Pincus added, “it has become the principal limb binding Israel with the rest of the world, and especially with the Jews of countries outside of Israel. “