The Miami-Tel Aviv route has been a big success for both American and El Al.
El Al launched the route in November 2017 with 3 weekly 777-200 flights. It’s now flown 5 times weekly on 787-9s.
American launched the same route last June with 3 weekly 777-200 flights.
The airline writes to DansDeals that effective 10/29, they will operate the route daily on 787-8s.
The flight timing will also be tweaked. Currently the flight departs Miami at 10:45pm and arrives into Tel Aviv at 6pm the next day. That will change to an 8:10pm departure, arriving into Tel Aviv at 3:30pm the next day.
Currently the flight returns from Tel Aviv at 11pm and arrives into Miami at 5:20am the next day. That will change to an 11:20pm departure, arriving into Miami at 5:37am the next day.
This comes after American cancelled their Dallas-Tel Aviv service before it ever launched and after the airline announced 6 additional JFK-Tel Aviv flights during the October holiday season.
American’s 777-200 has 37 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats, 66 main cabin extra seats, and 146 economy seats, for a total of 273 seats.
American’s 787-8 has 20 business class seats, 28 premium economy seats, 48 main cabin extra seats, and 138 economy seats, for a total of 234 seats.
That’s a downgauge from the 777-200, but represents an overall increase of seats in the market as it moves from 3 weekly flights to 7 weekly flights. It may also mean that business class upgrades will be harder to come by, as business class represents 13.6% of the seats on the 777 vs just 8.5% of the seats on the 787-8.
If demand for the flights remain high, I’d expect that American would upgauge to a 787-9 or back to the 777.
I’d love to see American fly their flagship 777-300ER to Tel Aviv one day, as that would have the only First Class cabin between North America and Israel.
Have you flown on American to Israel since they relaunched service last year?