However Rivlin is taking one other, considerably longer route for his official go to to Australia in underneath two weeks’ time.
He’s going by way of Los Angeles and returning by way of Johannesburg. The flight time for the return journey shall be roughly the identical because the journey could be by way of Hong Kong or Bangkok. However the flight to Australia by way of Los Angeles will entail a for much longer flight tim, which means that the president shall be up within the air for about six hours longer than he would have been had he taken the extra frequent route.
Even when he may rearrange his calendar to take El Al’s inaugural direct flight to Melbourne, which is able to reduce flight time by six hours, Rivlin would nonetheless disappoint lots of people, because the prime function of his go to to Australia within the final week of February is to launch the United Israel Attraction campaigns in Sydney and Melbourne.
When El Al does land in Melbourne in April, it won’t be the primary time a airplane with Israel’s nationwide insignia shall be seen on an Australian tarmac.
When president Chaim Herzog visited in 1986, he took a big delegation with him in an IDF airplane that had been painted over with El Al insignia, and which landed in Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Townsville. Herzog, the primary Israeli head of state to go to Australia, took a for much longer route by way of Singapore, Hong Kong, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand on the best way there, and Sri Lanka and Kenya on the best way house.