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Israel's El Al to fly first flight to UAE by commercial carrier

Maiden voyage to carry top aides to Trump who brokered accord

An Israel El Al airlines plane is seen at Nice international airport, France. On Monday the airline will make its first flight to the United Arab Emirates.   © Reuters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) -- El Al Airlines will on Monday fly Israel's first flight to the United Arab Emirates by a commercial carrier, an airline spokesman said on Friday, as the countries forge ahead with a deal to normalize ties.

The direct flight between Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and the UAE's political capital of Abu Dhabi is due to carry an Israeli delegation and top aides to U.S. President Donald Trump, who brokered the Aug. 13 accord.

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