El Al currently has 2 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which they use for a daily flight between Tel Aviv and London and between Tel Aviv and Newark. They will receive 5 more 787s next year, 7 more in 2019, and 2 more in 2020.
The Dreamliners are equipped with direct aisle access from every business class seat and a premium economy cabin. Coach seats are narrower than they are on other planes, though there are new creature comforts that the plane offers. There is no first class cabin on the 787.
El Al’s published 2018 plans for the 787:
- 787 service to London will end on 3/18.
- 787 flights from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong will begin on 3/18.
- 787 flights between Tel Aviv and Newark will increase from 6 per week to 11 per week on 3/25. It will operate twice daily between Newark and Tel Aviv with a 1:30PM and a 9PM departure from Newark and a 1:15AM and a 1:50PM departure from Tel Aviv. The flight won’t operate on Friday or Saturday afternoon from Newark or on Friday afternoon or Saturday from Tel Aviv.
- There are 3 peak season daily flights between Tel Aviv and JFK. The first daily 787 flight from Tel Aviv to JFK will begin on 6/29. The second daily 787 flight from Tel Aviv to JFK will begin on 9/16. Both of those flights replace 777 aircraft. For now, El Al flight 1 will remain operated by a 747 with first class service.
El Al will be switching more flights over to 787 service next year. Switching the 747 to a 787 on the JFK route will mean a significant reduction in capacity, so it remains to be seen if El Al will make up for that with an additional flight frequency to JFK.
What’s your guess about the next flight to be switched over to the 787? The 3rd JFK flight? Los Angeles? Miami? Perhaps Chicago will finally get nonstop service to Tel Aviv?