Two Emirati airlines will join Israel in its Independence Day celebrations which includes a traditional nationwide air show of both military and civilian aircraft.
This will be the first time the United Arab Emirates participates in the Israeli event. The two countries normalized relations in September 2020 signing the historic Abraham Accords which was brokered by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
According to Ynet, an Israeli news outlet, the Israel Air Line Pilots Association organized the Peace Fly-by 2022 which will celebrate the nation’s 74th birthday on May 5. The civilian planes from the UAE are an Airbus A350 from Ethihad Airways and an an Airbus A320neo from Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.
They UAE aircraft will join Israel’s El Al, Israir Airlines, Arkia, CAL Cargo Air Lines and Ayit Aviation and Tourism.
“This is a flight of pilots proving that regional cooperation is feasible, not just a declaration,” Captain Maydan Bar, chairman of the Israel Air Line Pilots Association, said. “I wholeheartedly congratulate the pilots from the Gulf states who came to take part in our flight of peace and wish continued and ever-increasing cooperation between us. Moreover, this flight unequivocally indicates the strength of Israeli civil aviation.”
“The companies that have had to deal for the past two years with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic are now back to full activity — and even more so. The variety of participating aircraft indicates the centrality of Israeli aviation in the world and the enormous potential inherent in it. Happy Independence Day!”
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.