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Arkia Israeli Airlines

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Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Seat Comfort 12345
Staff Service 12345
Value for Money 12345
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8/10

"for domestic flights I would use Arkia"

(Azerbaijan)

I decided to fly Arkia Israeli Airlines, on Eilat - Tel Aviv route which just less that an hour flight distance, unlike 6 hours bus trip. Arkia Airlines had daily flights mostly operated by ATR 72 and Boeing757. Flights which are operated by B757 is considered "low cost" and one-way trip costs as few as 40$. Everything went smoothly while booking online and web site is user friendly. Low cost segment did not include checked baggage so you have 2 options either to pay while booking (5$) or pay at the airport (8$). Ground service at ETH airport was working quite efficiently. However I experienced one of the most strange security system ever. So basically in front of the terminal building if you do not have Israeli appearance security officers stop you and ask you some questions (like who are you, where do you travel to etc). After this he follows to another security officer for interviewing. Basically they ask you tons of questions about your trip especially if you are a foreigner like me. If you have been to any Arabic countries then questions will continue till "what was you room number at this particular destination" etc. I am writing this because this "process" will take at least half an hour. So give yourself plenty of time. Except this security process check in was problem-free then I proceed to gate. Eilat airport is very small with one or two coffee shop and is able to accomondate maximum 150 people at once. There was no sign of destination on screens at gate. But I could easily manage it as there were just 3 gates. Finally flight departed on time (3 minutes earlier even). Aircraft was old but well maintained Boeing 757. Actual flight lasted 35 minutes. Complimentary water, tea and coffee was served by very friendly crew members. I requested for refill no problems. Tight seats were ok for such a short flight. A toilet was basically equipped and clean. At Ben Gurion airport it arrived at Terminal 1. We transferred to terminal building by 2 two buses so no crushes. Finally free shuttle bus is operating between terminal 1 and terminal 3 where most of international flight are departing. So I could easily catch my flight back home. Overall experience is satisfactory. For domestic flights I would again use Arkia without hesitation but for international flight I would think twice as they operate same aircraft for flights to/from Europe.
AircraftBoeing 757
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
RouteETH to TLV
Date FlownSeptember 2015
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
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8/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(Israel)

TLV-ETH-TLV. Going over on Embraer 95, full flight, seats are ok, crew friendly, only water served as 30 min flight. Return Eilat to TLV in an ATR72, also full flight. 30 minutes delay in Eilat due to poor management of gates, they got passengers going to Sde Dov on our flight and had to get them off. This stupidity could have been avoided if the the gate agent would have listened to passengers (including me) asking him why a flight to TLV Ben Gurion Airport is boarding from a gate showing "Sde Dov". He just dismissed our questions with a grin. Obviously his irresponsible attitude cost the airline a 30 min delay, and 30 minutes for us sitting in a non air-conditioned cabin in 40c temp. Service during the flight was juice, cola, water and snacks. Crew friendly,and in good mood.
AircraftE195/ATR72
Type Of TravellerFamily Leisure
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
RouteTel Aviv to Eilat
Date FlownAugust 2015
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
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5/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(United States)

Short flight from TLV-AMM. Check-in agents friendly and courteous. Flight boarded from a bus driven from a ground-level gate that was very warm. Seats were small, overhead lockers dirty with scratches and seat covers had seen better days. Flight attendants passed out crackers after we boarded then gave out water inflight. We arrived about 15 minutes early and were bused into the terminal at AMM. I would fly again only because their schedule allowed me to leave TLV at 5.30pm and arrive in AMM before sundown. However, I would think twice about connecting over TLV, the transit area was closed when I arrived, and I had to stand in line for over an hour at passport control to go check in upstairs.
AircraftATR-72
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
RouteTLV to AMM
Date FlownJuly 2015
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
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10/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(United States)

Flight 2822 26 Mar 2015. Does a fine job getting people on board giving them a drink and landing safely. As Israel's traditional 'inland' airline the best you can hope for is comfortable seat (its comfortable enough at least on the 757 that I rode) reasonable timliness and a glass of water on a 35 minute flight. All provided.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages N/A
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Value For Money 12345
yes
9/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(Israel)

Flew from Tel Aviv SDV to Eilat ETH and back in February 2015. SDV-ETH with ATR-72 a 40 minute flight. Service was a cold drink and crackers. ETH-SDV with Embraer-195 30 minutes. Opted for business class for 40 shekels extra and it was worth it: Got a sandwich salad and a cereal bar. There was an open bar like on international flights. This service is currently available only on Embraer operated flights. Both flights were on time and the FA were very nice.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Value For Money 12345
yes
1/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(France)

TLV-CDG. The plane was supposed to leave at 1.20 pm but a combination of security delays and plane problems (the plane's electricity supply shut off suddenly during the safety video showing) had us leave the terminal at around 1.45. That was deemed to be too late for a take off as Ben Gurion airport shuts off every night. We were brought back to the crowded terminal area where we slept on the floor on a cramped area with only one restroom and finally left at 5 am. Only a very few apologies very clumsy ones at that were addressed to the passengers. Food was cadaverous (a soft drink and a disgusting-looking plastic-wrapped sandwich). No compensation for the incident I will never fly with them again.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Value For Money 12345
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2/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(Israel)

We paid over $600 from Tel Aviv to Barcelona and got nothing but a drink. They also didn't accommodate our requests regarding travelling with a child. The crew were not nice the hostess was bitter and not helpful. We will never fly with them again. It is preposterous to pay such high fare for a charter and not even get a bag of pretzels.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Value For Money 12345
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7/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(Israel)

TLV-KOS Island Greece-TLV. Full B757-300 each way. 1 hour 20 minutes ride. Crew very efficient in distributing a chocolate muffin and a glass of water to all 270 passengers. Then they sat down in their crew rest seats which where in row 3 smack between passengers and enjoyed a full hot breakfast. You would expect them to eat discreetly in their Galley. They then sold duty free which has great deals. On this portion of the trip it seemed like passengers were unwelcome. On the return flight the crew were more dedicated to service. Again duty free sales. All announcements friendly and clear good Hebrew and English. Nothing amazing nothing horrible. They just went through the motions.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment N/A
Value For Money 12345
yes
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Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(Israel)

We flew from Tel Aviv to the island of Crete. Flight delayed by 8 hours. On the plane got a glass of water and small cookies. Will never fly this terrible airline.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages N/A
Inflight Entertainment N/A
Value For Money 12345
no
10/10

Arkia Israeli Airlines customer review

(United Kingdom)

We flew Arkia from Ben Gurion to Eilat then back to Sde Dov on a day trip from Tel Aviv I was impressed by the quality of the service and cleanliness of the plane. Out was a B757-300 and return an ATR72-500. Both flights were short less than 45 minutes but a drinks service was still managed on the flight with complimentary soft drinks service. Staff were helpful. Having flown many airlines I would rate this airline highly. The only problem we had was a late departure and this was down to a security alert at Eilat before our take off from Tel Aviv so well out of the airlines control.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment N/A
Value For Money 12345
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