Delta is battling JetBlue to transform Boston into a global hub. As part of that strategy, they announced on 10/3/21 that they would add 3 weekly flights between Boston and Tel Aviv, which launched 2 weeks ago. Delta is operating their flights on A330neos, featuring their flagship Delta One suites. Those planes have 281 seats, with 29 business class suites, 28 premium economy seats, 56 economy comfort+ seats, and 168 economy seats.
El Al had operated that route before COVID and decided to preempt Delta by announcing on 10/5/21 that they would be relaunching service in March 2022 with 3 weekly 787-8 flights. Those planes have 238 seats, with 20 business class seats, 35 premium economy seats, and 183 economy seats.
That didn’t quite happen though, as El Al cancelled the 3rd weekly frequency before launch and began service with just 2 weekly flights.
In the meantime, Delta has just started flying, but is already pulling back from the route in the winter. They won’t fly the route at all from January 8th through March 29th, 2023.
El Al is seizing on that opportunity and will move to 3 weekly flights on the route starting on November 1st, 2022. The flight will operate from Boston to Tel Aviv on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays departing at 8:15pm and arriving at 1:05pm the next day. The flight from Tel Aviv to Boston will operate on the on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays departing at 12:55am and arriving at 5:30am the same day.
El Al has been battling Delta in Boston and American in Miami (I still think Fort Lauderdale would be more logical), but they have shied away from battling United from Chicago and San Francisco to Tel Aviv in the post-COVID world. El Al tells DansDeals that those routes aren’t cancelled, though they are not currently on the schedule. They have been in limbo and are likely to remain there as those are both very strong United hubs and aren’t likely to be very profitable for El Al.
Now the only question is if Delta will add back flights to defend the Boston route from increasing El Al service. Delta tells DansDeals that they don’t currently plan to operate the route during that time period. We’ll have to wait and see if that changes.