Israel’s ambassador convinced Hainan Airlines, China’s largest private airline, that the Israel-China flights will translate into financial gains from the increase in Chinese/Israeli tourism.
By Itamar Eichner
Hainan Airlines, the largest private flight company in China, announced Friday morning the establishment of its first direct flights to and from Israel.
The announcement came after a long string of meetings between embassy officials including Israel’s Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai who convinced the airline’s president of the financial benefits of having flights between the two countries.
Hainan Airlines – Photo: Shutterstock
The flights are due to begin on April 28 and will take place three times a week on Sundays Tuesdays and Thursdays, the days El Al doesn’t fly to Beijing. Continue Reading »
Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko receives congratulatory phone-call from Israel’s President Rivlin, on her win in the triple-jump at the athletics world championships in Beijing.
Fourteen years after Israel’s last medal at the World Athletics Championships, Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko has won the silver medal in the triple-jump. She also broke the national record, achieving a jump of 14.78 meters.
Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen comfortably retained her world title at the games in Beijing, stretching her winning streak to 29 competitions and achieving a best of 14.90 meters for the gold medal. Olympic champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan took the bronze.
Hannah Minenko – Photo: AFP
This is Israel’s third ever medal at the championships, with previous awards going to pole-vaulter Alex Averbukh, who won bronze in 1999 and silver in 2001. Continue Reading »