US strategic decision to fly to Israel on Saturday
Gary Leff at 13. February 2021.
American Airlines is operating a flight from Miami to Tel Aviv in June. I’ve been waiting for this route since they announced the end of their partnership with El Al in 2014.
The new service will be operated three days a week using a Boeing 777-200.
- MiamiTel Aviv, 8:00-15:10 +1, Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
- Tel Aviv-Miami, 11:55-18:25, Monday/Thursday/Saturday
El Al has had a route for themselves since 2017, but they don’t fly on Saturdays. American Airlines departs Friday night at 8pm (after sunset!) and lands in Israel Saturday at noon.
American’s return flight will not be on Saturday, but they have Friday night departures to themselves. If Jewish observers don’t fly out Friday night, many others might. (And the first American announcement for the Tel Aviv route was aimed at Dallas Fort Worth, where they would have picked up more Christian missionary business from the interior anyway than Jews wanting to go to Israel.)
In my scholarship booking business, I could not get an application from a family who wanted to fly to Israel.
- Wanting to make the most of their absence, they left on a Friday night (after work) and returned a week later on Sunday.
- They wanted their experience in Israel to begin immediately, so they insisted on flying El Al alone.
I offered them four seats in business class with connecting flights on Lufthansa, or they could choose two other airlines. They wouldn’t do it. In the end, I told them there are many things I can do with points, but since El Al flies on Saturdays, not one of them is. El Al even went out of its way not to fly on Shabbat.
American Airlines flies to Tel Aviv on only three days, and has decided to depart on a Friday night on one of those days. They sacrificed the market of practicing Jews for others while gaining exclusivity to travel that night. US Airways’ longstanding management strategy was Wee Willie Keeler’s approach to route planning : Flying where there’s no flying.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200 Concept D Business Class
For its part, United Airlines operates daily flights to Newark and San Francisco, including on the Sabbath, and in Chicago, United no longer flies daily after 6:45 p.m. on Fridays, but only on Friday nights. Delta also flies to Tel Aviv every day.
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frequently asked questions
Are there flights from the United States to Israel?
Currently, two US airlines offer non-stop flights between the United States and Israel.
Does American Airlines do direct flights to Israel?
American Airlines becomes the only US airline to offer non-stop flights from Miami to Tel Aviv and Paramaribo, Suriname. MIAMI – American Airlines is strengthening its commitment to its Miami hub with the announcement of two new international routes to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM) beginning this summer.
Which is the best airline to fly to Israel?
Although many people prefer to travel on El AL Israel Airlines, many national carriers such as United, Delta, American Airlines and USAirway, as well as international carriers such as Lufthansa, British Airways and Alitalia offer flights, all of which ensure that El AL Israel is available on Saturdays and Sundays.
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