Starting April 1, 2016 United Airlines will launch new three direct weekly flights between Tel Aviv and San Francisco. An addition to its 14 weekly flights to New York (two per day).
The announsment today come just about four months after American Airlines lays to rest its direct flight between Tel Aviv and Philadelphia deu to economic reasons. And at the time El Al Israel airlines launching its non-stop flights from Tel Aviv to Boston.
Avi Friedman, United’s Managing Director Sales in Israel said “This is a response to demand from our customers for direct flights to one of the United States’ most popular business and tourism destinations, with the added benefit of convenient onward connections from our San Francisco International hub.”
For these flights United Airlines will be using the world’s most advanced 787-9 Dreamliner jets. This model has 252 seats, including 48 in business class and 88 in upgraded tourist class. The plane also offers a satellite-based WiFi hookup and electrical sockets.
The flights will depart Tel Aviv at 12:55 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and land in San Francisco at 6:00 a.m. the same day.
The returns will depart San Francisco at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Tel Aviv at 8:10 p.m. the following days.
Tickets for the new flights can be ordered starting on October 10, 2015. No ticket prices for the flights to San Francisco will be published before that time.
According to Friedman, thousands of the company’s customers signed a petition in support of this direct service. “There is a substantial flow of passengers from the high-tech industry flying from Israel to companies operating in Silicon Valley and other locations in the San Francisco Bay area, ” he said.
US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said “This is really great news. The new route will continue and improve commercial, cultural, and personal relations between the US and Israel. These flights will serve technological cooperation between US West Coast high-tech companies and the startup community here in Israel, and facilitate personal involvement between Israelis and Americans.”