Update: The Tel Aviv route will begin on 9/9/20.
At the time they flew daily from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv on an Airbus A330.
American has announced that they are entering the market again starting September 9th, 2020, this time with 3 weekly flights from Dallas/Fort Worth on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
It’s an interesting strategy. At the time of the merger it seemed to make sense to add JFK or Miami service to Tel Aviv, but since then American has been killing off their JFK hub and El Al started their own Miami service.
Philadelphia was apparently ruled out due to its alleged lack of profitability the last time around, Chicago is getting El Al service next year, and Los Angeles already has El Al service, so American avoided those as well.
That left their hubs in Charlotte, Dallas, and Phoenix as the remaining options for Tel Aviv service. Dallas has apparently won that battle for American’s re-entry to Tel Aviv.
Dallas has by far the smallest Jewish population of any other North American metro area that has nonstop Tel Aviv service. It will be interesting to see if the strategy of avoiding competition pays off for AA.
American says that their interior of the US to Tel Aviv is underserved, so they’re hoping to take advantage of that lack of competition.
If it’s a success, expect American to make it a daily flight and add service from other hub airports.
Maybe we’ll even see some business class award space on the new route? We can dream, right?
You can currently fly between North American and Israel from Boston, JFK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC. Next year Chicago and Dallas join that record setting list of cities with nonstop service to the Holy Land.
Morocco has been on my bucket list since reading this DDF Trip Report, so it’s great to see US carriers start this route!
Will you fly American on any other new routes? Do you think Dallas-Tel Aviv will be a success?