El A is now selling nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai for travel starting on December 13th.
Round-trip economy lite starts at $298, regular economy at $348, premium economy on the 787 at $598, and business class at $898. You’ll want the 787 operated flights for lie-flat business class seating.
A one-way flight for Executives/Flycard holders is 200 Matmid points in coach, 300 points in premium, and 400 points in business class, plus taxes and fuel surcharges.
These flights are not yet bookable with Qantas points.
There will be a ton of competition in this new market, so I would not be surprised to see fare wars in the future. Arkia, FlyDubai, and Israir are all slated to launch service within the coming weeks and Emirates is looking into their own service as well.
The rough schedule is as follows, with 14 weekly flights, though there are some week to week changes:
- On Sunday through Friday, a 737 operating as El Al flight 971 will depart Tel Aviv at 6am and arrive at 11:05am.
- On Sunday through Thursday, a 787 operating as El Al flight 975 will depart Tel Aviv at 11am and arrive at 4:15pm.
- On Sunday and Thursday, a 737 operating as El Al flight 973 will depart Tel Aviv at 1pm and arrive at 6:05pm.
- On Friday, a 787 operating as El Al flight 973 will depart Tel Aviv at 9am and arrive at 2:05pm.
- On Sunday through Friday, a 737 operating as El Al flight 972 will depart Dubai at 1pm and arrive at 2:45pm.
- On Sunday through Thursday and Saturday, a 787 operating as El Al flight 974 will depart Dubai at 8pm and arrive at 9:45pm.
- On Sunday and Thursday, a 737 operating as El Al flight 975 will depart Dubai at 5:30pm and arrive at 7:25pm.
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. But apparently that was only because of the high level officials on those flights as El Al is going ahead with these 787 flights despite the lack of Sky Shield.
Oddly, El Al flight number 971 from Tel Aviv to Dubai on December 13th, slated to be the inaugural El Al passenger flight to the UAE, is scheduled to be operated by the narrowbody 737 instead of the widebody 787.
Dubai is welcoming tourists that have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours of departure with no quarantine.
Israelis also don’t need to quarantine upon return from Dubai, making the city an excellent meetup point for people with family in Israel that are unable to visit them due to the ban on foreigners.
Israelis or people with permission to enter Israel who are flying to Israel from a red country like the US or the UK can go to Dubai for 2 weeks on the way back to Israel, and avoid having to quarantine upon return!
Will you fly between Israel and Dubai?