El Al’s Dreamliners are allowing it to do exactly what Boeing promised, making “long and thin” routes that had previously not been viable into profitable routes. The 787 can fly long distances, but doesn’t have as much capacity as previous widebodies, making the economics work on routes that won’t have as many passengers. El Al has added service to cities like San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Chicago.
El Al announced that they will fly the first scheduled commercial flights between Japan and Israel starting in March 2020 with 3 weekly 787 flights between Tel Aviv and Tokyo Narita.
It makes sense for El Al to try out Tokyo service in March as they’ll also be able to take advantage of cherry blossom season, which runs from late March to early May, and additional traffic for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in July and August. El Al will also receive a €750,000 grant from Israel’s Ministry of Tourism for launching service to a city that has never had nonstop flights to Israel.
If you’re looking to redeem points, you’ll be able to use 42K Qantas miles for coach, 63K miles for premium economy, or 78K miles for business class each way without fuel surcharges. You can transfer points from Citibank, Capital One, Barclays, or Marriott to Qantas.
Star Alliance carrier ANA has long been interested in Tel Aviv service, but it seems like El Al has beat them to the punch. It will be interesting to see if they will still add service between Japan and Israel.
Will you fly on El Al between Tel Aviv and Tokyo?