United currently operates their afternoon flight 84/85 between Newark And Tel Aviv on a pre-merger Continental 777-200. Their red-eye flight 90/91 between Newark And Tel Aviv went from a 777-200 to a new 777-300ER on 5/5/17.
I’ve long said that coach passengers should avoid the red-eye flight due to the tight 3-4-3- configuration in coach. On the other hand business class passengers would prefer the red-eye flight as it has the new Polaris business class seating in a 1-2-1 configuration. However if you’re like me and use miles to fly with kids in carseats in business class, you’ll probably want to avoid the red-eye as well if you’re looking to avoid drama.
The 777-300ER that operates red-eye flight 90/91 between Newark And Tel Aviv has 60 Business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 102 Economy Plus seats in a 3-4-3 configuration, and 204 Economy Minus seats in a 3-4-3 configuration for a total of 366 seats.
Effective 3/30/19, United will upgauge their afternoon flight 84/85 between Newark And Tel Aviv from the 777-200 to a new 787-10.
The pre-merger Continental 777-200 has 50 Business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration, 72 Economy Plus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, and 145 Economy Minus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration for a total of 267 seats.
The 787-10 makes its debut with a flight from Los Angeles to Newark on 1/7/19 before making its way to international routes. It will fly between Newark-Frankfurt and Tel Aviv starting 3/30/19, between Newark-Barcelona and Paris starting 4/29/19, and between Newark-Brussels and Dublin starting on 5/22/19.
The 787-10 that will operate the afternoon flight 84/85 between Newark And Tel Aviv will have 44 Polaris Business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 21 Premium Plus seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, 54 Economy Plus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, and 199 Economy Minus seats in a 3-3-3 configuration for a total of 318 seats.
This represents a nice jump in capacity from the 777-200. It also completes the promise that Avi Friedman, United’s Managing Director in Israel, made earlier this year when he said that United would add a new North American destination to Tel Aviv and that they would upgauge the aircraft used on United 84/85. United added flights between Washington/IAD and Tel Aviv a few months ago and they also upgauged the aircraft served between San Francisco-Tel Aviv for next spring before El Al will allegedly inaugurate that route.
If you’re flying between Newark-Tel Aviv in:
- Business class, you’ll be slightly better off on the 777-300ER red-eye flight as that seat should be slightly wider as the 777 is wider than the 787. I wouldn’t expect a major difference though.
- Premium Plus, the only option is on the afternoon 787-10. This is a seat similar to United’s domestic first class seat. It is a wider seat with more recline, upgraded Saks 5th Avenue bedding, an amenity kit, a larger entertainment screen, free alcoholic beverages, extra legroom, and a legrest/footrest.
- Economy Plus, you’ll be better off with the afternoon 787-10 with the 3-3-3 configuration then on the 777-300ER red-eye flight that has a 3-4-3 configuration. This seat is exactly like regular Economy seat, but with extra legroom.
- Economy, you’ll be better off with the afternoon 787-10 with the 3-3-3 configuration then on the 777-300ER red-eye flight that has a 3-4-3 configuration.
- Business class with kids in a carseat won’t officially be allowed on the 777-300ER or the 787-10. United is violating FAA policy with this restriction. You can file a complaint here if this affects you.
The Premium Plus cabin will help United compete with El Al’s premium economic cabin that they operate on their 787s.
United will start selling the flight as a 787-10 starting on December 3. That means it’s likely that we’ll see United refresh their award charts in order to add Premium Plus cabin awards.
What is your preferred airline, plane, and class when you travel to Israel?