Delta continues to grow in the increasingly competitive NYC-Tel Aviv market.
This month they are flying 10 weekly flights between JFK and Tel Aviv on their A330-900neos with business class suites and a premium economy class.
Next month that will increase to twice daily flights on their A330-900neos.
And starting on 9/1 that will increase to a whopping 3 daily JFK-Tel Aviv flights, with 2 A330-900neos and 1 A330-300!
- From JFK they will offer departures at 3:35pm, 10:45pm, and 11:45pm.
- From Tel Aviv they will offer departures at 12:30am, 11:50am, and 11:55pm.
That’s a big bet on the recovery of travel to Israel, though with world-leading vaccination rates, hopefully Israel will be able to reopen and welcome visitors in the near future.
That means there will be a whopping 11 peak daily departure between NYC and Tel Aviv in September and October:
- Delta will offer 2 daily A330-900neo flights (168 economy, 56 economy+, 28 premium economy, 29 business) and 1 daily A330-330 flight (219 economy, 40 economy+, 34 business) from JFK to Aviv for a total capacity of 855 seats each way.
- El Al will offer 3 daily 787-9 flights (222 economy, 28 premium economy, 32 business) from JFK to Aviv for a total capacity of 846 seats each way.
- American will offer 1 daily 777-200 flight (146 economy, 66 economy+, 24 premium economy, 37 business) from JFK to Aviv for a total capacity of 273 seats each way.
- El Al will offer 2 daily 787-9 flights (222 economy, 28 premium economy, 32 business) from Newark to Aviv for a total capacity of 564 seats each way.
- United will offer 2 daily 787-10 flights (199 economy, 54 economy+, 21 premium economy, 44 business) from Newark to Aviv for a total capacity of 636 seats each way.
Delta will offer the most daily seats on the JFK-Tel Aviv route and they will leap ahead of United in the combined NYC-Tel Aviv market.
Then again American will also fly from Miami to Tel Aviv, United will also fly from Chicago and San Francisco to Tel Aviv, and El Al will also fly from Los Angeles, Miami, and Toronto to Tel Aviv.
Delta used to fly from Atlanta to Tel Aviv, but they abandoned that in order to focus on Tel Aviv operations from JFK. That bet seems to have paid off as they prepare to become the largest carrier on that flagship route.
Do you think Delta will try to maintain 3 daily flights from JFK to Tel Aviv in the long-term? Or will they just try it out while there is a lull in demand to other destinations?