On Thursday, April 2, 2020, a Dreamliner 787 aircraft will take off for the historic El Al flight from Ben Gurion Airport to Melbourne City, Australia
Coming to Melbourne soon. El Al
Tickets for El Al's long flight to Australia began. On Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 11:15 am, a Dreamliner 787 aircraft will take off for the historic El Al flight from Ben Gurion Airport to Melbourne City, Australia, the first direct flight between the two countries. The estimated landing time is 11:30 am the following day, according to Australia Time.
This is the first of three flights El Al will take on a commercial test that the company is conducting on regular operations in Australia, which will be decided in the coming months, as reported in Israel Today. The direct flight to Melbourne is expected to last at 16:15, while the return flight, from Melbourne to Ben Gurion Airport, is expected to be at 17:45 hours.
The return flight will take off from Melbourne on Saturday, April 4 at 11:15 pm and land at Ben Gurion Airport at 9:00 am the next day. The two additional flights under the feasibility study will be on April 23 and May 14. Return on April 25 and May 16. Flights will be subject to regulatory approvals, flights are planned around the holidays, the first before Passover, the second after Passover and before Independence Day and the third before Shavuot.
Three flights will be offered on flights: tourists, premium and business. In the tourist section, the round-trip price starting at $ 1,199, including port taxes, two 23kg suitcases each, has been recalculated. Direct flights can be combined back and forth to and from Australia with Connecticut flights combined with flights to and from Bangkok, And / or Hong Kong (subject to price changes).
According to Eli VP of Commerce and Aviation Relations, Mickey Strasburger, it will be a regular commercial flight, with a full aircraft. "The operation of the route will, among other things, be subject to the approval of government agencies including civil aviation authorities and the company will decide whether to operate it regularly in the coming months. Such a route will significantly shorten the way of arrival in Australia and deepen the tourism, business and political links between the countries and beyond. "
Over the years El Al has gained experience and reputation in running ultra-long flights. In the 1960s, El Al set a record of those times when operating the world's long-haul airline, from New York to Israel, without a stopover, on Boeing 707. In 2006, El Al began to operate regular direct flights to Los Angeles on Boeing 777 aircraft Which lasted for about 15:30 hours and was at that time among the five longest flight lines in the world. As the company continues to be equipped with Dreamliner aircraft, the company is exploring options for expanding the network of lanes and connecting Israel more closely with the Diaspora.