El Al plane 248, 88.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
El Al Airlines has begun flying nonstop to Brazil three times a week. El Al is operating a Boeing 700-220 on the new route between Israel and Sao Paulo with connecting flights to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.
El Al said the first flight arrived in Brazil early Sunday. The Tourism Ministry said more than 31,000 Brazilians visited last year, up 55 percent from 2007. An estimated 200,000 South Americans travel to Israel each year.