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  5/3/2012, Iyar 11, 5772

El-Al Pilots: We Asked to Fly Peres for Free


Chairman Nir Tzook of the El-Al Pilots' Committee sent a letter of apology to President Shim'on Peres, Thursday, following word that Peres will be taking Air Canada instead of Israel's national carrier on his trip to Canada, scheduled to start on Sunday.

The Canadian carrier won the president's business by asking less money for an oxygen tank in case of an emergency. Calling the price that El Al demanded ridiculous, Tzook said, "If it were up to us, we would still offer to fly the president and his party for nothing and that's what we offered." In his letter, Tzook told Peres to come to the pilots if similar problems arise in the future.