El Al’s final 747 flight from Tel Aviv to North America will depart as El Al Flight 1 on Thursday, October 25 at 12:30am from Tel Aviv to JFK. The final North America 747 flight will return from JFK to Tel Aviv at 10:30am on the same day.
El Al will still operate 747s to Bangkok, though the El Al 747 fleet is on the way out.
747s around the world are being phased out in favor newer and more efficient airplanes. El Al’s 747-400s haven’t had a refresh in many years and have had their share of maintenance issues, but the Queen of the Skies is still a beautiful sight to see:
The first 787 will fly from JFK to Tel Aviv on 7/1. The final 777 between JFK and Tel Aviv will be on 9/13. After that point El Al will operate 2 daily 787s and a daily 747 until 10/25.
After 10/25, El Al will only operate 2 daily 787 flights for the winter season between JFK and Tel Aviv. That is the fewest number of seats between JFK and Tel Aviv in years and may serve to drive prices higher.
The 2 daily 787-9s between JFK and Tel Aviv will have a total capacity of 64 business class seats and 500 premium economy and economy seats.
This winter El Al is currently operating a 747 and a 777 between JFK and Tel Aviv. Those have a total capacity of 14 first class seats, 85 business class seats, and 586 economy seats.
El Al is shifting some of that capacity over to Newark where they will start operating 2 daily year-round 787-9 flights starting on 3/25 in order to do battle with United, whom El Al sees as their biggest competitor in the North America-Israel market. The 787s have a new premium economy class, but the business class has mixed reviews and there is no first class on El Al’s 787s.
El Al still plans on operating their older 767s to Boston and Toronto and their 777s with first class to Los Angeles and Miami.
El Al’s 787 strategy has been an interesting one. Most airlines have used the plane on longer routes that have less demand, but El Al will be moving their flagship NYC-Tel Aviv route to all 787s effective 10/26/18.
What do you make of El Al’s 787 strategy?