Update: American has released the schedule for their new JFK-Tel Aviv year-round flight starting 5/7 and for their new JFK-Athens seasonal flight, which will run from 6/2-10/30. Both flights will go on sale 1/25 and be operated on a 777-200.
- JFK to Tel Aviv will depart daily at 11:10pm and arrive into Tel Aviv at 5:15pm the next day
- Tel Aviv to JFK will depart daily at 12:50am and arrive into JFK at 6am the same day
- JFK to Athens will depart daily at 4:20pm and arrive into Athens at 8:50am the next day
- Athens to JFK will depart daily at 11am and arrive into JFK at 3:05pm the same day
American has announced that they will launch daily nonstop service between JFK and Tel Aviv starting on May 7th. Flights will go on sale January 25th.
The flight will be operated by a 777-200 with 37 lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, 66 main cabin extra legroom seats in a 3-4-3 configuration, and 146 economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration.
Kosher food and wine will be available in all cabins!
You can earn up to 65,000 AA miles by opening an American Airlines credit card and start saving up for a free trip to Israel!
AA is betting on a big recovery in traffic to Israel as that nation races to be the first to reach herd immunity thanks to their vaccination efforts.
JFK and Miami to Tel Aviv were seen as obvious route launches when American launched with USAirways. However they ended Philadelphia to Tel Aviv service in January 2016, decided to massively shrink their JFK hub operations, and they were beat by El Al in Miami.
United CEO Scott Kirby, who was President at USAirways before moving to American with the merger and then jumping ship to United, once called the Philadelphia to Tel Aviv route among the most lucrative in their system. However American said the route was not profitable and didn’t have any forecast of profitability when they shut it down.
The assumption at the time was that American couldn’t fly to Tel Aviv due to pension liabilities leftover from TWA. I had speculated when the USAirways merger was announced in 2013 that either American would launch JFK and Miami to Tel Aviv service or they would have to end all Tel Aviv service due to TWA issues. Presumably those issues have been resolved.
American was supposed to start flying between Dallas and Tel Aviv in September 2020. That route launch is now scheduled for 10/31 with 3 weekly 787-9 flights.
The real question now is when will American announce nonstop Miami-Tel Aviv service?
All 3 major US carriers will now have a presence on the NYC-Tel Aviv route. Hopefully it will also be a boon for consumers as the airlines jockey for market share, though it’s more bad news for El Al as they can hardly afford a bruising fare war on their flagship route.
Will you fly on American between JFK and Tel Aviv?
HT: yandmk and mijo, via DDF