New Routes for El Al

El Al’s latest 787, 4X-EDM, wears a special ‘Jerusalem of Gold’ livery as a tribute to poet Naomi Shemer who composed the unofficial national anthem of that name. Richard Vandervord

El Al is to launch a new link to Japan in spring 2020 with thrice-weekly non-stop flights using the carrier’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The announcement marks the first time that scheduled commercial flights have operated between the two nations.

Michael Strassburger, El Al’s vice president of commercial and industry affairs, commented: “We can now offer a non-stop flight experience with our 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the land of the rising sun. The opening of our new non-stop route to Japan, coinciding with next year’s summer Olympic Games, are expected to increase traffc and significantly strengthen economic and political ties between Israel and Japan.”

Other new routes to Dublin are set to take to the skies from May 26, and to Düsseldorf from June 1.

The latest announcements follow a period of significant international expansion for the Israeli airline. It has recently launched a host of transatlantic routes, including San Francisco, Las Vegas/McCarran and a seasonal service to Orlando. Within Europe, both Nice and Manchester have also been added to its network.

In addition to wider economic factors, the growth of El Al’s long-haul footprint has been made possible thanks to a major fleet overhaul as elderly 747 and 767 jets are replaced by fuel-efficient Dreamliners.