Around 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, an El Al Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Tel Aviv bound for Bangkok. became the first commercial flight from Israel to pass through Omani airspace.
According to Ynet, the new route will cut the trip time between Israel and Thailand by three hours and significantly cut the flying time to several other far-eastern nations.
A flight to India, for instance, will take five and a half hours instead of eight and a half hours.
Although price reductions have not yet been reflected in ticket pricing, the shorter route is also anticipated to lower ticket prices by reducing fuel and personnel costs.
Several Israeli carriers will utilize the new route, notably Arkia, and the cargo airline Challenge Airlines.
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said on February 23 that Oman had permitted Israeli aircraft to fly over its airspace.
The declaration followed months of negotiations between the Omani government and the foreign ministry and Saudi Arabia’s statement last July during the U.S.
The opening of Israel’s airspace to “all carriers” coincided with President Joe Biden’s visit, allowing Israeli commercial planes to fly over the kingdom.
While cutting travel durations between Israel and nations like India and China required a similar Omani approval, the Saudi measure was mainly symbolic so far.
“The heavens are no longer the limit, and the Far East is not that far away. Today is a fantastic day for Israeli aviation.
According to Netanyahu, last week, Israel has effectively become the key transit country connecting Asia and Europe.