- Published on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:38
An amazing record was set on 24 May 1991 when 1086 Ethiopian Jews were evacuated to Israel on an aircraft. This exceeded the normal capacity of a passenger jumbo jet more than twice In order to do so, seats were removed to accommodate the maximum number of passengers. .Also this was the first time so many people travelled in a commercial airliner.
When they landed in Jerusalem, there were 1088 passengers. Two babies were born during the that flight.There were 39 more flights which has evacuated a total of 14,200 Jews to their land from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in 24 hours. The evacuation that was named ‘Operation Solomon’, had been carefully planned for some weeks with the diplomatic assistance of the United States, and President Bush personally requested Ethiopian government for permission to be granted to proceed with the operation.The El Al national airline of Israel, took part in co-ordinate the whole evacuation.