El Al confirmed today that they will operate nonstop rotating 777/787 service between Orlando and Tel Aviv starting 7/2/19. Flights are not yet on sale, but will be in the coming days.
Similar to their Las Vegas flight that starts on 6/14, this flight will operate just once per week.
El Al’s other destinations feature service between 3 and 7 days a week, so clearly they are experimenting with the profitability of weekly flights to low-demand destinations.
Globes is reporting that El Al will not be receiving a subsidy for launching this route. Globes is also reporting that El Al did receive a €750,000 grant for starting Las Vegas service, but they note that Orlando did not qualify for a subsidy.
Haaretz previous reported that the Israeli Tourism Ministry offers up to €750,000 for new destinations from Israel, but that the Las Vegas service only received €250,000 as it is only a weekly flight, so I’m not sure where Globes got the €750,000 figure from. The new Orlando service would make sense if there was a subsidy involved, but it’s an odd choice without one. I’m not sure why Orlando didn’t qualify for a subsidy from the Israeli Tourism Ministry as a new destination service from Israel.
El Al is also launching service to San Francisco on May 13th, though that destination is already served by United.
The flight will depart Tel Aviv on Tuesdays at 12:05am and arrive in Orlando at 6:30am. The return flight will depart Orlando on Tuesdays at 11:30am and arrive at 6:30am into Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Israelis might enjoy nonstop service to Disney, but are they looking to spend a full week there? If the flights are successful, I’d imagine that they will move to multiple weekly flights.
But it’s hard to see once weekly service lasting the test of time, so enjoy it while it lasts!
For those keeping score at home, that means that flights between North America and Tel Aviv peak summer schedule should look like:
- Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al (777-200)
- JFK: 14 weekly flights on Delta (A330-300), 17 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 (747-400, 777-200, 787-9)
- Orlando: 1 weekly flight on El Al (777-200 or 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)
That’s 95 weekly flights between North America and Tel Aviv, which appears to be a new record!
In the midst of record profits on flights to Tel Aviv, the rumor mill has American reconsidering its decision to pull its Philadelphia-Tel Aviv service.
Meanwhile it looks like Chicago will just have to keep on waiting for its nonstop service until El Al or United decide to make a play for it.
Will you fly on El Al between Tel Aviv and Orlando? What will the next North American destination with nonstop flights to Tel Aviv?