I reported last September that El Al will resume Miami-Tel Aviv service this year.
El Al has finally made the route official and announced that it will be served 3 times per week on Boeing 777s that offer first, business, and coach seating. They should start selling seats on the route within the next couple of weeks.
El Al still hasn’t announced which routes will get their new 787 service later this year, which DDF sleuthers discovered will have 1-2-1 direct aisle access reverse herringbone seating in business class.
For those keeping score at home that means that flights between North America and Tel Aviv at the peak for each route in the summer/fall of 2017 will look like:
Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al (767).
JFK: 7 weekly flights on Delta (777 through 10/27, A330 from 10/28), 16 weekly flights on El Al (747/777).
Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al (777).
Miami: 3 weekly flights on El Al effective November (777).
Montreal: 2 weekly flights on Air Canada (A330 from 6/22 through 9/14, 787 from 9/17 through 10/15), 2 weekly flights on Air Transat (A330 from 6/18-10/29)
Newark: 14 weekly flights on United (afternoon on 777-200, evening on 777-300), 6 weekly flights on El Al (747/777).
San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United (787)
Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada (787), 5 weekly flights on El Al (767).
The only question is will El Al or United be the airline to launch Chicago-Tel Aviv service?