Last week El Al unveiled what business class and the new premium economy cabin will look like on their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
It looks very similar to United’s new Polaris seating, except that seats will be 21″ wide on El Al instead of 23″ wide on United due to the 787 being a narrower plane than the 777.
El Al’s 787 won’t offer first class service. That’s not a big loss as the 787 business class seats is much better than El Al’s 777 first class seat, though business class service and food won’t be comparable to what is offered in first class.
787 service from Tel Aviv to Europe will begin in September and end in late October as the route transitions from shorter training flights to regular Newark flights. It will primarily serve London/LHR, but some other European cities may also see 787 service. El Al won’t sell premium economy as its own cabin on these flights, instead they will be sold as extra legroom seats.
Tel Aviv to London/LHR has a morning and evening flight with first class being sold until 9/7. Effective 9/10 the morning flight isn’t offering first class, so that’s likely what will see the 787.
London/LHR to Tel Aviv has an afternoon and evening flight with first class being sold until 9/7. Effective 9/10 the afternoon flight isn’t offering first class, so that’s likely what will see the 787.
The final Tel Aviv to Newark flight offering first class service will be on 10/27 and the final Newark to Tel Aviv flight offering first class service will be on 10/28.
787 service from Tel Aviv to Newark and Newark to Tel Aviv will begin on 10/29.
787 service from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong is scheduled to start on 3/18/18, though El Al is still selling first class seats after that date, so we’ll see if that schedule sticks.