CAL Cargo Air Lines

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CAL Cargo Airlines
ק.א.ל. קווי אוויר למטען
CAL Cargo Air Lines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Fleet size2
HeadquartersBen Gurion International Airport
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CAL Cargo Airlines Ltd. (Hebrew: ק.א.ל. קווי אוויר למטען‎) is an cargo airline with its corporate headquarters in the Airport City development of Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel.[1]

The airline operates daily scheduled cargo flights and charter services carrying nonstandard goods and general cargo internationally. Its main base is Ben Gurion Airport, serving Tel Aviv, and it has a hub at Liège Airport (Belgium). The airline carries approximately 100,000 tons of cargo annually including all categories of nonstandard cargo: temperature-controlled pharmaceutical and healthcare products, live animals, dangerous goods, oversize and overweight cargo, fresh perishable products and valuable goods including fine art.[2] The company slogan is Challenge accepted.


CAL was established in June 1976, starting charter operations in November of that year. Originally, the airline leased aircraft from El Al as required; however, on 1 December 1999, it began operating scheduled services using its own aircraft following receipt of Israeli government licences issued in early 1999.

In 1997, CAL purchased LACHS cargo terminal in Belgium (Liege Airport Cargo Handling Services), which is still fully owned and operated by CAL, and caters to CAL's specialty in nonstandard cargo. In 2010, CAL was purchased privately by Offer Gilboa and expanded its flight operations to include daily flights to and from JFK/TLV.

In 2019, the airline made news headlines for buying a Boeing 747 on eBay for around US $3 million.[citation needed]

CAL 747-400ERF 4X-ICA (ex-Jade Cargo International, in Jade Cargo basic livery) on short final to Ben Gurion Airport. This aircraft has since been repainted with no livery.

CAL Cargo Air Lines operates freight services to the following scheduled destinations (as of November 2019). Additionally, CAL Cargo Air Lines supplements its own services across the North Atlantic with ACE Belgium Freighters.


Current fleet[edit]

The CAL Cargo Air Lines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of February 2020):[3][4]

CAL Cargo Air Lines fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400ERF 1 0
Boeing 747-400F 1 0
Total 2 0

Retired fleet[edit]

CAL Airlines historic fleet
Aircraft Total Year introduced Year retired Replacement Notes Refs
Boeing 707 1 1986 1987 Boeing 747-200F [5]
Boeing 747-100F 1 1993 1993 None Leased from Atlas Air [6]
Boeing 747-200F 4 1999 2017 Boeing 747-400F One aircraft was written off in a landing accident in Liège Airport. [7][8][9]
Boeing 747-400BCF 1 2016 2019 Boeing 747-400ERF Transferred to daughter company ACE Belgium Freighters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Information." CAL Cargo Air Lines. Retrieved on 1 January 2012. "Contact Information Headquarters C.A.L. Cargo Airlines 1 Hayarden Street, Airport City P.O.B. 271 Ben Gurion Airport 70100, Israel"
  2. ^ CAL - Cargo Air lines - Company Profile
  3. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 17.
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