Update: Delta has removed the A330-900neo from their JFK-Tel Aviv schedule after March 26th. It seems strange that they plan on running the plane on the route for just 2 winter months, but everything is up in the air at this point and Delta may not want to commit the plane to the route for the long-term as of yet.
Currently, suites and premium economy can only be booked from JFK-Tel Aviv from January 15th-March 26.
Even with Israel’s borders closed for the foreseeable future, airlines are jockeying for position to cash in on the lucrative US-Israel flight market.
Delta has long trailed El Al and United with an older business class product and no premium economy section. With American adding JFK-Tel Aviv flights in 2021, Delta had to respond.
Delta will finally rectify that by flying a daily A330-900neo between JFK and Tel Aviv starting on January 15th!
They currently fly an A330-300 with 34 business class seats, 40 comfort seats with extra legroom, and 219 economy seats, for a total of 283 seats.
The A330-900 will feature 29 business class closed suites, 28 premium economy seats, 56 comfort seats with extra legroom, and 168 economy seats, for a total of 281 seats.
The A350 is several feet wider than the A330, so the A330 suites will be narrower than the A350 suites as they both have the same 1-2-1 configuration. I would have loved to see Delta put their A350 flagship on this route, but JFK isn’t an A350 base for Delta.
The A330 has a 2-4-2 configuration in coach, which many find preferable to the 3-3-3 configuration found on the wider A350.
The Delta One Suites cabin is certainly aesthetically pleasing:
Personally I don’t like that Delta uses leather seats in business class, which I find to be very uncomfortable for sleeping. Delta also doesn’t provide a mattress pad as airlines like American and United do. In general I found United’s Polaris seat for be more comfortable and to have better bedding than Delta, but the privacy door is a nice addition.
However it is striking that United has more than double the number of business class seats on their 777-300 (60 Polaris seats) than Delta does on the A330-900 (29 Delta One Suites).
Will Delta’s A330-900 make them your carrier of choice to Israel?