Based at Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion airport and now in the hands of Rami Levy’s BGI Investments group, the Israeli company is still thinking about modernizing its fleet, currently comprising four A320s with 180 seats and three 72-500s with 72 seats. » an average age of 10 years (three of the seven devices are leased). Already mentioned in the past, it is the A220s that hold the line, according to Israir CEO Uri Sirkis interviewed by the daily Globes. The executive did not explain whether he was thinking of the A220-100 or the A220-300 mentioned earlier, but confirmed a similar ratio of owned and leased aircraft.
The chief executive also says that in the future, only two major airlines will operate in Israel. This could only happen through a merger or takeover of Arkia, or an agreement with the state-owned El Al – which it would have to mimic the absence of flights on Shabbat days.
The president of Israir Shalom Haim expects in 2021 a partial resumption of activity, severely reduced by travel restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, and a « return to normal » at the end of 2022 BGI Investments hopes to double the current value of the airline by 2024.
Remember that in 2020, Airbus delivered 38 A220s, and recorded 64 new orders; the production rate of the Canadian-designed single-aisle will drop from four to five units per month by the end of the year.