Aviation: Up with Upward

El Al stands for "upward" in Hebrew and is an apt description of the 20-year-old Israeli airline that carries the name. The company has increased its sales elevenfold and managed to earn a profit for the past ten years—without outright government subsidies. From a pitiful $5,750,000 revenue in its first full year of operation, El Al moved up to $12 million by 1957, when it introduced transatlantic flights with turboprop Britannias, and then nearly tripled revenues in 1961 with jets. Despite the Six-Day War, the airline grossed over $63 million and made...