Sun D'Or International Airlines
|Hubs||Ben Gurion International Airport|
|Parent company||El Al|
|Headquarters||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Key people||Uri Danor, President|
Sun D'Or International Airlines Limited (Hebrew: סאן דור), also styled as Sundor, is an Israeli airline with its base at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. It is a fully owned subsidiary of El Al and operates regular, ad hoc, and seasonal passenger charters mostly to European destinations using aircraft leased from El Al.
Sun D'Or was established on 1 October 1977 as El Al Charter Services Ltd., as a subsidiary of El Al at a time when the airline was fully owned by the State. The airline changed its name in 1981 to Sun D’Or (D’Or means "of Gold" in French), and soon after, Uriel Yashiv, the CEO of the airline at the time, chose to add "International Airlines" to the airline's name to create Sun D'Or International Airlines. This additional qualification is not used in Hebrew, however, and both aircraft flown by the company bear solely the "Sun D'Or - סאן דור" title.
Since April 2001, Sun D'Or had grown to become a significant player in the Israeli charter market. The airline also operated flights for incoming tourists, on behalf of European and Israeli operators. In January 2005, Sun D'Or became a private company following the privatisation of El Al. The airline is licenced for the commercial transport of passengers and cargo on charter flights to and from Israel and owned an Air Operator Certificate to operate two leased planes that were fully serviced by El Al's maintenance.
Sun D’Or International Airlines remained a fully owned subsidiary company of El Al and as such its passengers could take advantage of this association. Benefits included the ability for passengers to accumulate El Al frequent flyer points on Sun D'Or flights, and the supplying of food including all types of special meals through Tamam-Catering, an El-Al Subsidiary. El Al also provided ground services, air crews and aircraft for Sun D'Or. The airline had introduced a new look website and were to apply the same to their fleet as well.
In March 2011, The Israel Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced the suspension of Sun D'Or's operating license effective 1 April 2011. The CAA based its decision citing non-compliance with Israeli and international airline management standards, mainly lack of self-owned planes and crew. Since then, Sun D'Or no longer operates own aircraft but utilizes planes from its parent, El Al.
Sun D'Or operates scheduled and charter flights to the following destinations as of May 2015:
- Corfu - Corfu International Airport seasonal
- Heraklion - Heraklion Airport seasonal
- Rhodes - Rhodes International Airport seasonal
- Zakynthos - Zakynthos International Airport seasonal
- Catania - Catania–Fontanarossa Airport seasonal
- Rome - Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport seasonal
- Turin - Turin Airport seasonal
- Verona - Verona Airport seasonal
As of May 2015, the Sun D'Or fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Boeing 737-800||2||—||189||operated by El Al|
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 26 March 1988. 117.
- Sun D'Or Boeing 757 featuring a modified new look in Berlin special fare promotional
- "Israel's Sun D'Or has operating licence withdrawn".
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