El Al announced today that they will fly nonstop 787 service between Las Vegas and Tel Aviv starting 6/14/19. Curiously though, the service will only operate once per week. El Al’s other destinations feature service between 3 and 7 days a week. It can be hard to run a sustainable operation on a once weekly basis.
On the other hand, it is enough for El Al to qualify for a €250K grant to airlines launching a new destination from Tel Avlv.
The flight will depart Tel Aviv on Fridays at 7am and arrive at 11:15a. The return flight will depart Las Vegas on Saturdays at 11:45pm and arrive at 10:15pm on Sunday. The schedule allows El Al to utilize the Dreamliner when the company has slack available. However the sparse service means that travelers from Israel to Las Vegas will need to spend 2 Saturdays in Las Vegas for a 1 week trip.
Israel doesn’t have major casinos, so the flight can definitely have some appeal.
If the flights are successful, I’d imagine that they will move to at least 3 weekly flights.
But it’s hard to see this service lasting the test of time as its currently configured, so enjoy it while it lasts!
For those keeping score at home, that means that flights between North America and Tel Aviv next summer should look like:
- Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al (777-200)
- JFK: 14 weekly flights on Delta (A330-300), 16 weekly flights on El Al (747-400, 787-9)
- Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Las Vegas: 1 weekly flight on El Al (787-9).
- Miami: 3 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Montreal: 3 weekly flights on Air Canada (A330-300)
- Newark: 14 weekly flights on United (787-10, 777-300), 11 weekly flights on El Al (787-9)
- San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United (777-300), 3 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada (787-9), 3 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Washington DC: 3 weekly flights on United (777-200)
Will you fly on El Al between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas?