WATCH: First-ever commercial flight between Israel and UAE changes the course of history!
Israel's flag carrier El Al is reportedly expected to fly over Saudi Arabia to the UAE.
Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday for Abu Dhabi, which would be Israel’s first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates after the two countries agreed to a US-brokered deal to normalize relations.
The Israel Airports Authority website listed the flight on Friday. It said the flight would be numbered LY971, a nod to the UAE’s international calling code number. A return flight to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday will be numbered LY972, Israel’s international calling code.
The flight was not immediately bookable on the website of El Al, Israel’s flag carrier.
However, US officials earlier said the anticipated first flight will include American officials led by President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Other US officials on board will include national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Mideast envoy Avi Berkowitz and envoy for Iran Brian Hook.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, earlier announced that his national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, will lead Israel’s delegation.
A number of Israeli government ministries will also send representatives, including the directors of the foreign and defense ministries and the national aviation authority, he said.
El Al has submitted an official application to the Saudi authorities to fly over their airspace en route between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi.
An Israeli government official told “Globes” that the expectations are that the request will be approved and that in the past the Saudis had approved ‘unofficial’ flights between Israel and the UAE over their airspace.
Private jets earlier flew between the UAE and Israel as their officials conducted covert talks. In May and June, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways flew cargo freighters to Ben Gurion carrying aid for the Palestinians to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize relations on August the 13th By August the 19th, telephone calls began ringing between the nations, marking the first concrete step of the US-brokered diplomatic accord.
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