Challenge Airlines IL
צ'אלנג איירליינס ישראל
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HeadquartersBen Gurion International Airport, Israel

Challenge Airlines IL[citation needed], formerly CAL Cargo Airlines Ltd. (Hebrew: ק.א.ל. קווי אוויר למטען), is a cargo airline with its corporate headquarters in Shoham, Israel.


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.

In 1997, CAL purchased the Liège Airport Cargo Handling Services (LACHS) cargo terminal in Belgium. The facility, which is still fully owned and operated by CAL, 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 Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and New York's John F Kennedy International Airport.

In 2017, the airline made news headlines for buying a Boeing 747 on Chinese e-commerce website for around US $23.3 million.[citation needed]


Cargo Airlines in London Heathrow
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.

Challenge IL operates daily scheduled cargo flights and charter services carrying nonstandard goods and general cargo internationally. Its main base is Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and it has a hub at Liège Airport in 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 such as fine art.[1] The company slogan is Challenge accepted.


Challenge IL operates freight services to the following scheduled destinations (as of April 2023).

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Belgium Liège Liège Airport Hub
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
China Zhengzhou Zhengzhou International Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Hub
Norway Oslo Oslo Airport, Gardermoen


Current fleet

The CAL Cargo Air Lines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2022):[2][3][needs update]

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

Retired fleet

CAL Airlines historic fleet
Aircraft Total Year introduced Year retired Replacement Notes Refs
Boeing 707 1 1986 1987 Boeing 747-200F [4]
Boeing 747-100F 1 1993 1993 None Leased from Atlas Air [5]
Boeing 747-200F 4 1999 2017 Boeing 747-400F One aircraft was written off in a landing accident in Liège Airport. [6][7][8]
Boeing 747-400BCF 1 2016 2019 None Transferred to Challenge Airlines BE. [citation needed]
Boeing 747-400ERF 2 2019 2022 None Transferred to Challenge Airlines BE. [citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "CAL - Cargo Air lines - Company Profile". Archived from the original on 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  2. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 17.
  3. ^ "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map".
  4. ^ "מרקיע שחקים - בואינג 4X-Atx 707". Archived from the original on 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  5. ^ "Stop Spammers".
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  7. ^ "מרקיע שחקים - עודכן! בואינג 4X-Icl 747". Archived from the original on 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  8. ^ "מרקיע שחקים - בואינג 4X-Ico 747". Archived from the original on 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-07.

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