El Al was completely owned by the Israeli government, but a move to privatize began on June 12, 2003 when its shares debuted on the Tel Aviv stock exchange. The airline is renowned for the thorough security on its check-ins and planes and is thought to be the world's most secure airline.
- 1948 September: El Al's inaugural flight brings the Israel's first president, Chaim Weizman, home from Geneva.
- 1961 June First non-stop New York/Tel Aviv flight on a Boeing 707 sets the world record for longest non-stop commercial flight covering 5,760 miles in 9 hours, 33 minutes.
- 1991 May 24 An El Al Boeing 747 airlifts a record-breaking 1,087 passengers – Ethiopian Jews flying from Addis Ababa to Israel as part of Operation Solomon.