“Currently El Al operates ancient business and first class cabins. The business class seats don’t each have direct aisle access like Air Canada, Delta, and USAirways all offer. They operate the only “first class” between North America and Tel Aviv, but the seats are made of faux-leather and they too don’t each have direct aisle access.
Hopefully a new aircraft will bring new premium class seating for El Al that does include direct aisle access for every seat.
The vast majority of airlines don’t operate 3 cabin first class on the 787 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see El Al jettison it as well.”
And that’s exactly what happened.
El Al is configuring their 787s with reverse herringbone business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration where the middle seats are angled in towards each other. Each seat will have direct aisle access and should be comparable to the excellent business class seats used by American and Cathay Pacific.
Of course that means El Al’s 787 business class will be a much better seat than El Al’s current first class seat.
So it’s not a surprise that El Al won’t equip their 787s with first class. That leaves British Airways and Korean as the lone airlines with true first class service into Tel Aviv.
Premium economy will be in a 2-3-2 configuration while economy minus will have a 3-3-3 configuration.
El Al’s 787-9 will have 32 business class seats, 28 premium economy seats, and 222 coach seats. It will enter service later this year.
Kudos to El Al for making the right decision for the 787’s seating configuration.
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