IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1949 (as Israel Inland Airlines)
Operating basesBen Gurion Airport
HubsRamon Airport
Fleet size5
Destinations32[citation needed]
Parent companyJordache Enterprises (70%)[1]
HeadquartersSde Dov Airport
Tel Aviv, Israel
Key peopleYaron Amzallag (CEO)[2]

Arkia, legally incorporated as Arkia Israeli Airlines Ltd (Hebrew: ארקיע, I will soar, Arabic: خطوط أركيا), is an Israeli airline. Its head office is on the grounds of Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.[3] It is Israel's second-largest airline,[4] operating scheduled domestic and international services, as well as charter flights to destinations in Western Europe and across the Mediterranean. Its main base is Ben Gurion Airport, with a hub at the Ramon Airport.[5]


Arkia operated the first Israeli civilian helicopter service in October 1959.
Eleanor Roosevelt arriving for a visit in Eilat on an Arkia airplane on March 26, 1959

Foundation and early years

Arkia was founded in 1949 as Israel Inland Airlines when it became clear that there was demand for a local airline to connect Tel Aviv with different regions of the then-new state of Israel, especially with Eilat, Israel's important seaport situated on the Gulf of Aqaba.[6] Flights commenced in 1950 with De Havilland DH.89 aircraft, followed by Douglas DC-3s, to inter-connect major towns in Israel from Rosh Pina in the North to the port of Eilat in the South.[6] El Al held a 50% stake in the airline at this time with the Histadrut, Israel's labour federation, being the other shareholder.[citation needed] The airline later adopted the name Eilata Airlines - Aviron, and Arkia Israel Airlines.[citation needed] In its first year of service, Israel Inland Airlines carried 13,485 passengers, using a Curtis Commando.[6]

During the 1950s, the airline continued to grow, upgrading its fleet to the larger DC-3, and operating two flights a day on the Tel Aviv-Eilat route.[6] This allowed Arkia to have annual passenger figures of over 70,000.[6] As Eilat continued to grow during the 1960s, so did the airline, introducing the Handley Page Dart Herald 200 turboprop aircraft to its fleet between 1967 and 1968, enabling Arkia to expand with new routes to Jerusalem, and Sharm-el-Sheikh.[6] A subsidiary, Kanaf Arkia Airline and Aviation Services, was founded when the airline acquired 50% of the stock of Kanaf Airlines and Aviation Services, and, by the end of the 1960s, scheduled flights were in operation across Israel, from Rosh Pinna in the north, to Ofira in the south.[6]

An Arkia Boeing 737-200 at Orly Airport, Paris, France, 1982

In March 1980, Kanaf Arkia acquired the remaining stock of Arkia and merged the two operators.[citation needed] The airline grew quickly during the 1980s, moving both into the international charter market and airline maintenance.

Development during the 2000s

The airline is now owned by Kanaf-Arkia Airlines (70%) and airline employees (30%). In 2006, the Nakash brothers of Jordache Enterprises bought Knafaim's 70% share.[6]

In February 2007, the Israeli Tourism Ministry awarded Arkia a scheduled operator's licence for flights to Dublin, and Larnaca, a destination dropped by EL AL.[7] In July 2007, it was announced that the airline planned to file for further scheduled carrier status on routes to New York City and Bangkok, currently served under charter status.[8] Furthermore, in early 2008, after the Israeli Tourism Ministry opened up the airline market, the airline applied for scheduled carrier status for routes to Barcelona, Berlin, Moscow, and Paris.[citation needed] The licence for Paris was granted in February 2008, and the airline announced that both economy and business class would be offered on this route.[citation needed] At this time, the airline also announced that it would add two Boeing 737 aircraft to its fleet within two years, as well as four Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft it had on order which were to delivered in 2012.[9] The order for the 787s was moved to a leasing subsidiary owned by MG Aviation and leased to Norwegian Air Shuttle. The order was replaced with an order for 4 A330neo aircraft.[10]

In November 2018, Arkia became the launch customer of the Airbus A321LR when it received its first aircraft of the type.[11]


Main article: List of Arkia destinations


Current aircraft

Arkia Airbus A321LR
Arkia Embraer 195

The Arkia Israel Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft as of September 2022:[12][13]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A321LR 2[13] 219 Worldwide launch customer.[14][15]
Embraer 195 3[13] 122
Total 5

Former aircraft

Arkia ATR 72-500

Arkia Israel Airlines has also operated the following aircraft:[13][16][17]

Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
ATR 72-500 1998 2017
Boeing 737-200 1982 2000
Boeing 757-200 1993 2007
Boeing 757-300 2000 2019[18]
Curtiss C-46 Commando 1950 Un­known
de Havilland Canada Dash 7 Un­known Un­known
Douglas DC-3 1955 Un­known
Embraer 190 Un­known Un­known
Handley Page Dart Herald 1964 Un­known
Vickers Viscount 1980 Un­known


In May 2017 Arkia unveiled a new livery, ahead of the delivery of new aircraft, which consists of a lower-case 'a' on the vertical fin, which also features the striping effect and multicoloured stripes on the aft section and the winglets of each aircraft. The colour of the stripes and logo will vary between each aircraft.[19]

Incidents and accidents


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  2. ^ רז-חיימוביץ', מיכל (June 2020). "הטיפול במשבר עובר ידיים: ירון אמזלג מונה למנכ"ל ארקיע החדש | בלעדי". Globes.
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  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 77.
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  7. ^ "Arkia gets scheduled status". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  8. ^ "Arkia to add 2 more Boeing 787s". 2007-07-10. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  9. ^ Dalia Tal (2008-02-12). "Arkia named designated carrier on TA-Paris route". Globes. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  10. ^ "Arkia to Launch Long-Haul with Airbus A330-900neo Deal". Archived from the original on 17 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  11. ^ Hofmann, Kurt (13 November 2018). "Israel's Arkia becomes Airbus A321LR launch customer". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 24 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Arkia Profile". Archived from the original on 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  13. ^ a b c d "Arkia Fleet - Airfleets aviation". Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Arkia Israeli Airlines takes delivery of world's first A321LR" (Press release). Airbus. 14 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Israel's Arkia to take maiden A321neo(LR)". Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Arkia - Israeli Airlines Fleet Details and History". Archived from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.[unreliable source?]
  17. ^ "Arkia Israeli Airlines - Company Profile and History". Archived from the original on 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  18. ^ "4X-BAU Arkia - Israeli Airlines Boeing 757-300". Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  19. ^ "PICTURE: Arkia revamps livery ahead of fleet renewal". London: Flightglobal. 15 May 2017. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017.
  20. ^ "A History of Terrorism in Israel". Archived from the original on 9 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  21. ^ "Pilot of Arkia Flight 582 Describes What Happened". CNN. Archived from the original on 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2007-05-05.

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