Sun d'Or

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Sun d'Or
סאן דור
Logo sun d'or.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsBen Gurion Airport
Frequent-flyer programMatmid
Fleet size2 (from El Al)
Parent companyEl Al
HeadquartersTel Aviv, Israel
Key peopleUri Danor, President

Sun d'Or (Hebrew: סאן דור‎, also styled as Sund'or) is an Israeli airline brand and former airline with its base at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. It is a fully owned subsidiary of El Al which uses the brand mainly for seasonal scheduled and charter services mostly to European destinations. All of their flights are operated by El Al, as Sun d'Or's own license was suspended in 2011.


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.

In 1988 Sun d'Or had its head office in the El Al House in Tel Aviv.[1]

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 licensed 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.[2]

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.[3] Since then, Sun d'Or no longer operates own aircraft but utilizes planes from its parent, El Al.

In May 2015, El Al confirmed to be in talks to merge Sun d'Or into its competitor Israir Airlines. While Sun d'Or would be dissolved, El Al would gain shares in Israir instead.[4]


A former Sun d'Or Boeing 707, departing from Düsseldorf Airport in 1984
A former Sun d'Or Boeing 757-200, retired in 2011 and broken up in 2012

Sun d'Or branded scheduled and charter flights are operated by El Al to the following destinations as of May 2015:

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Austria Salzburg Salzburg Airport Seasonal
Begins 8 April 2019
Belarus Minsk Minsk National Airport Seasonal
Croatia Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Airport Seasonal
begins 4 June 2019
Zagreb Zagreb Airport Seasonal
France Grenoble Grenoble Airport Seasonal
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Germany Munich Munich Airport Seasonal
Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport Seasonal [7]
Georgia Batumi Batumi International Airport [8]
Tbilisi Tbilisi International Airport Seasonal [7]
Greece Corfu Corfu International Airport Seasonal
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport Seasonal
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport Seasonal
Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport Seasonal
Begins 14 April 2019
Zakynthos Zakynthos International Airport Seasonal
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Hub
Italy Catania Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Seasonal
Naples Naples International Airport Seasonal
Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport Seasonal
Turin Turin Airport Seasonal
Verona Verona Airport Seasonal
Lituania Vilnius Vilnius International Airport Seasonal
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Seasonal
Poland Katowice Katowice International Airport Seasonal
Łódź Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport Seasonal
Portugal Lisbon Lisbon Airport Seasonal
Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Málaga Málaga Airport Seasonal [9]
Valencia Valencia Airport
Seychelles Mahé Seychelles International Airport Seasonal
Tanzania Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Seasonal
Ukraine Odessa Odessa International Airport Seasonal


As of May 2018, the fleet operated under the Sun d'Or brand consists of the following aircraft:[10]

Sun d'Or Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 4 189 2 operated by El Al; 4X-EKR in Sun d'Or livery[11] 2 operated by AirExplore OM-FEX; OM-IEX
Total 4


  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 26 March 1988. 117.
  2. ^ Sun d'Or Boeing 757 featuring a modified new look in Berlin special fare promotional
  3. ^ "Israel's Sun d'Or has operating licence withdrawn".
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b Liu, Jim (12 September 2018). "El Al / Sun d'Or schedules new seasonal routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ Liu, Jim (7 November 2018). "Sun d'Or adds Tel Aviv – Dubrovnik seasonal route in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Sun D'Or Adds New Seasonal Weekly Service in S16". 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (25 January 2017). "Sun d'Or plans new routes in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim (9 November 2016). "Sun D'or adds Malaga seasonal service in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Photo of El Al 737 in Sun d'Or livery

External links[edit]

Media related to Sun d'Or at Wikimedia Commons