Update: These flights are now bookable!
Economy flights start at $741 round-trip. Coach awards start at 60k AA miles round-trip, premium economy at 81k round-trip, and business class at 162k round-trip.
Airlines are waiving change fees on all tickets, though the difference in fare will still be owed. If Israel doesn’t reopen by June then American will cancel flights and will offer refunds on flights that don’t operate.
Originally posted 2/8/21.
They will fly 3 times per week on a Boeing 777-200 starting on June 4th.
Flights will be bookable starting on 2/15. Will we see another awesome intro fare?
Miami to Tel Aviv flights will operate on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, departing at 8pm and arriving at 3:10pm the next day.
Tel Aviv to Miami flights will operate on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, departing at 11:55pm and arriving at 6:25am the next day.
Kosher food and wine will be available in all cabins!
The flight will be operated by a 777-200 with 37 lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, 66 main cabin extra legroom seats in a 3-4-3 configuration, and 146 economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration.
JFK and Miami to Tel Aviv were seen as obvious route launches when American merged with USAirways. However they ended Philadelphia to Tel Aviv service in January 2016, decided to massively shrink their JFK hub operations, and they were beat by El Al in Miami.
United CEO Scott Kirby, who was President at USAirways before moving to American with the merger and then jumping ship to United, once called the Philadelphia to Tel Aviv route among the most lucrative in their system. However American said the route was not profitable and didn’t have any forecast of profitability when they shut it down.
The assumption at the time was that American couldn’t fly to Tel Aviv due to pension liabilities leftover from TWA. I had speculated when the USAirways merger was announced in 2013 that either American would launch JFK and Miami to Tel Aviv service or they would have to end all Tel Aviv service due to TWA issues. Presumably those issues have been resolved.
Just last month I asked when American would announce Miami-Tel Aviv service. It sure didn’t take long!
American is betting on a big recovery in traffic to Israel as that nation races to be the first to reach herd immunity thanks to their vaccination efforts. They are also launching daily JFK-Tel Aviv 777-200 service starting on 5/6 and 3 weekly Dallas-Tel Aviv 787-9 flights starting 10/31.
Will you fly on American to Israel?
HT: chff & Chevron.