United has closed sales of flights between Washington DC and Tel Aviv through at least October 30th.
Whether United will resume this route remains an open question as the flight didn’t meet expectations even before COVID. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chicago-Tel Aviv wind up replacing Washington DC service, with that perhaps ramping up to daily service. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see United try their hand at Los Angeles-Tel Aviv before attempting Washington DC-Tel Aviv again.
United’s predecessor Continental dominated the US carrier market to Tel Aviv, but United now faces growing competition from American and Delta. American doesn’t fly to Tel Aviv now, but plans to fly from Dallas, JFK, and Miami to Tel Aviv this year. Delta launched their flagship suites product on their JFK-Tel Aviv flight (though I’m not a big fan of them) and plans to fly that route twice daily year-round.
Meanwhile, United will shrink capacity to Tel Aviv, besides from their DC cuts:
- United evening flights 90/91 between Newark-Tel Aviv will continue to operate daily, but has been downgauged from a 777-300 to a 787-10 through October 29th.
- United morning/afternoon flights 84/85 between Newark-Tel Aviv will operate 3-5 times weekly through May 5th, before returning to daily flights. It is slated to be operated by a 787-10 through the end of scheduling.
- United flights between San Francisco-Tel Aviv will operate 3 times weekly from March 21st through May 5th, before returning to daily flights. It has been downgauged from a 777-300 or 787-10 to a 787-9 through the end of scheduling.
- United flights between Chicago-Tel Aviv are suspended through May 6th. They are slated to restart on May 7th with 3 weekly flights, Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday to Tel Aviv and Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday to Chicago. It will be operated with a 787-9.
Do you think United will restore Washington DC-Tel Aviv service this year?