Update: El Al has now confirmed that they will begin nonstop service between Chicago and Tel Aviv with 3 weekly flights starting in March 2020.
The Chicago Tribune reports that El Al plans to “use a 235-seat Boeing 787 for the flights.” Given that El Al’s 787-9 has 282 seats, I’d presume that means the flight will be operated by a smaller 787-8. If the Tribune’s numbers are accurate, that means that El Al’s seating configuration will be more dense than American’s 787-8 (226 seats) and United’s 787-8 (219 seats).
El Al doesn’t yet have any 787-8s, but they are slated to operate 4 of them.
Originally posted on 2/28:
Its gotten even stranger since cities like Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Orlando have gained nonstop service to Israel.
That’s great news for Chicagoland travelers. It would only become greater if United decides to battle El Al on that route, as I strongly suspect that they will, pending the results of their new service between Washington DC and Tel Aviv that begins this May.
In the midst of record profits on flights to Tel Aviv, the rumor mill also has American reconsidering its decision to pull its Philadelphia-Tel Aviv service.
There will be 95 weekly flights between North America and Tel Aviv during peak summer season, which appears to be a new record:
- Boston: 3 weekly flights on El Al (777-200)
- JFK: 14 weekly flights on Delta (A330-300), 17 weekly flights on El Al (747-400, 787-9)
- Los Angeles: 5 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Las Vegas: 1 weekly flight on El Al (787-9).
- Miami: 3 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Montreal: 3 weekly flights on Air Canada (A330-300)
- Newark: 14 weekly flights on United (787-10, 777-300), 11 weekly flights on El Al (747-400, 777-200, 787-9)
- Orlando: 1 weekly flight on El Al (777-200 or 787-9).
- San Francisco: 7 weekly flights on United (777-300), 3 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Toronto: 7 weekly flights on Air Canada (787-9), 3 weekly flights on El Al (787-9).
- Washington DC: 3 weekly flights on United (777-200)
Will 2020 break this year’s record?