Update: American is pushing off the launch of Dallas-Tel Aviv once again, this time from 10/31/21 to 1/6/22. While Dallas-Tel Aviv was planned to be their initial flight to Israel, they have launched service between JFK-Tel Aviv and Miami to Tel Aviv in the meantime.
While Dallas-Tel Aviv was slated to be operated by a 787-9, American is now scheduled to fly this route on a 777-200, the same plane that also flies from JFK and Miami to Tel Aviv. It’s a larger plane that will be harder for American to fill, but it also gives American more flexibility to swap aircraft in Tel Aviv when things go south. American has already had some legendary delays on their Tel Aviv flights, and it takes time for them to reaccommodate everyone, especially as they don’t typically rebook on other airlines.
If Israel doesn’t reopen to tourists, I’d assume that this will get delayed again.
Originally posted on 12/8/20:
American’s exit from Israel had its drama and its return has had its fair share as well.
American pulled out of the Tel Aviv market on 1/4/16 after they merged with USAirways. It was a curious move as USAirways had bragged about how successful the flight had been.
For years there were rumors of American wanting to fly to Israel again.
They finally announced in September 2019 that they would return to Israel starting in September 2020 with 3 weekly flights between Dallas and Tel Aviv. That schedule would miss the peak summer season, but would likely take advantage of planes that wouldn’t be needed as demand to Europe slowed seasonally.
Word got out that American picked Dallas as they would get a nice subsidy to launch service to a new city with at least 3 weekly flights for one year.
But then a week later they backtracked and went back to 3 weekly flights.
In April, they announced that they would not launch the route in 2020, due to COVID-19.
In July, they dropped the bombshell that they would fly nonstop between JFK and Tel Aviv in 2021, in addition to Dallas-Tel Aviv.
And now American announced that they will fly their inaugural Dallas to Tel Aviv flight on 10/31 on a 787-9.
Sadly, that means they will once again plan on missing the peak summer season.
American will fly from Dallas to Tel Aviv on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 9PM and arrive the next day at 5PM.
American will fly from Tel Aviv to Dallas on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 9:40PM and arrive the next day at 5:15AM.
Flights on the route are now available for sale, though end of scheduling is currently November 3rd. A one-way flight from Dallas to Tel Aviv on the inaugural 10/31 flight is $477.
American hasn’t yet released saver award space on the route, but they should cost 40K miles in coach, 62.5K in premium, and 70K in business class each way. American had web specials from Dallas to Tel Aviv for as low as 20K miles, so hopefully we’ll see a return of those as well when we get closer to the flight launch!
Meanwhile, American says that the JFK to Tel flight launch date and plane type are still up in the air, but the route launch is still planned for 2021.
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