Just a few months ago, Israelis were not able to visit the UAE.
Now, 3 Israeli airlines will fly nonstop from Tel Aviv to Dubai!
The UAE is a “green” country, so Israelis can fly there without needing to quarantine there or on the return. That’s likely to make flights there an immediate success.
Israel is still not admitting foreign citizens, so I’d imagine that Emirates and Etihad may wait until that ban is lifted before starting service.
- El Al plans to launch twice daily service to Dubai beginning on November 30th. El Al flights are not yet on sale.
- Israir plans to fly a daily A320 to Dubai beginning on December 2nd:
A sample flight costs $339 round-trip:
- Arkia plans to fly a daily Embraer 195 to Dubai starting on December 11th:
A sample flight costs 315 Euros or about $367 round-trip.
El Al’s equipment choice, as reported by Itay Blumental, is perhaps the most interesting:
They plan to launch the route with aircraft 4X-EHD, a 737-900, and aircraft 4X-EDH, a 787-9.
Bizarrely, El Al flight number 971 from Tel Aviv to Dubai on November 30th, the inaugural El Al passenger flight to the UAE, is scheduled to be operated by the narrowbody 737 instead of the widebody 787.
Then again, we were told previously that El Al couldn’t fly the 787 to Dubai due to the lack of the Sky Shield missile defense system. El Al blamed Boeing for the lack of Sky Shield on the 787s.
It seems unlikely that El Al was able to get Sky Shield added to a 787 so quickly, but I suppose it’s possible. Otherwise, I guess they’re just going to fly the route without it?
Of course everything is still subject to change until it actually happens, so it should be an interesting story to follow.
Will you fly from Tel Aviv to Dubai?