Lufthansa Technik will help Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. establish center for routine plane maintenance. When completed, Israir will stop buying plane maintenance services from El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.
The sources expressed surprise that the government has allowed a foreign company to grab work from an Israeli company. They compared Israir's maintenance center to a kiosk outside a supermarket. El Al's Bedek maintenance division has 1,300 employees, mostly Israel Air Force veterans.
El Al said in response, "El Al's Bedek Division maintains planes for El Al and other Israeli airlines. It also provides many services for foreign airlines."