Kan-Israel Public Broadcasting is reporting that Emirates has received final approval to fly into Tel Aviv! They say that the first flight from Dubai to Tel Aviv will take place in January 2021:
פרסום ראשון: חברת "אמירייטס" מהאמירויות קיבלה אישור נתיב סופי לנתב"ג, ותתחיל לפעול בישראל בחודש ינואר. מדובר באחת משלוש החברות הפועלות באמירויות והרביעית בגודלה בעולם@sharonidan
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) September 17, 2020
Hopefully, Emirates new kosher kitchen will open in time for the new flights!
Emirates only flies 777s and A380s, so they will add a ton of capacity to Tel Aviv. I’d assume they will start with the 777, which does not feature the shower suite, but could expand to the A380 if there is sufficient demand.
There’s no word yet on Etihad’s plans to fly between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv or El Al’s plans to fly between Abu Dhabi or Dubai and Tel Aviv, but those are all but certain to happen eventually.
Emirates will open up excellent connections from Israel to Asia and the South Pacific. Flying from Israel to the Maldives or Australia should be much more convenient than it is now.
Flying from the US to Tel Aviv via Dubai would add a considerable amount of time.
A nonstop flight from JFK to Tel Aviv takes about 10.5 hours, a connecting flight via Europe takes between 13-16 hours, while a flight via Dubai would likely take 18 or 19 hours. However you can break up that trip with a stopover in the UAE. Back in 2017 I flew Emirates Shower Class to the Maldives via Dubai and stopped over for a couple days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi make for a great stopover for a few days!
Will you fly Emirates to or from the holy land?