El Al Israel Airlines said on Tuesday that it was continuing to expand into North America and will be launching once weekly nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and Orlando as of July 2019, Globes reported.
The airline made the announcement during the IMTM International Tourism Exhibition, is taking place this week in Tel Aviv. IMTM is the largest annual tourism fair of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean and serves to promote incoming tourism, domestic tourism, and outgoing tourism, as well as to strengthen cooperation among tourism bodies in Israel and elsewhere in the world.
The El Al flights will be at night and will cover a distance of 6,535 miles in each direction. Flight times have been estimated at 13.5 hours per trip.
Flights from Orlando to Tel Aviv will take off on Tuesday at 11:30 AM local time and land on Wednesday at 6:30 AM Eastern Standard Time.
While the airline did not release a price catalogue for the new route, roundtrip tickets are expected to be offered starting at $1,000 in a bargain campaign in the coming week. The flights will go on sale starting February 13.
For the route, EL AL will be using Boeing 787-9s and 777-200s. The airline is in the process of refreshing its long-haul fleet, currently consisting of four 747s, six 777s, and seven 767s. This is allowing the airline some expansion opportunities, including in the United States.
El Al’s flagship route has long been New York to Tel Aviv, with the airline operating the route three times daily. While most of its flights service New York JFK, El Al also has flights to Newark. In addition, the airline will be launching three weekly flights to San Francisco as of May 2019 and a once weekly flight to Las Vegas as of June 2019.
Last week, Al El announced the first-ever direct flights between Israel and Japan. The four flights — two in each direction — have been chartered by three Japanese travel agencies on Sun D’or, El Al’s charter flight unit. The planes will travel from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to Japan’s Narita airport in Tokyo.
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