After yearlong delay, American Airlines’ Dallas to Tel Aviv flights are now bookable

Dec 9, 2020

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Flights from Dallas (DFW) to Tel Aviv (TLV) are now bookable online on the American Airlines website.

In August of last year, we reported that American planned to begin its first-ever route to Africa and to return to Tel Aviv. They were among five new trans-Atlantic routes planned for 2020. However, naturally, many of these flights were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dallas — Tel Aviv route was supposed to launch in September of this year, but will now begin on Oct. 31, 2021. The route will run three-times weekly on a Boeing 787-9 year-round. The news that the flights were bookable online was first confirmed by @xJonNYC on Twitter.

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The schedule for American’s new route is as follows (all times are local):

  • AA 18: Depart Dallas at 9:00 p.m., arrive Tel Aviv at 5:00 p.m. on the next day
  • AA 19: Depart Tel Aviv at 9:40 p.m., arrive Dallas at 5:15 a.m. on the next day

Israel’s borders are currently closed to non-residents arriving from anywhere in the world, but will hopefully reopen by next year. If you want to speculatively book right now, round-trip tickets from Dallas to Tel Aviv are about $1,000 round-trip in economy, $2,300 in premium economy and $5,700 in Flagship Business.

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(Photo courtesy of AA.com)

And if you want to use miles, it’ll currently set you back 56,500 miles one-way in economy, 66,500 miles one-way in premium economy and 155,000 miles in business. However, if you’re able to find saver-level award availability, it’ll cost you just 40,000 miles in economy, 50,000 in premium economy or 70,000 in business.

Related: How to get to Israel using points and miles

American’s 787-9 business class consists of one large cabin arranged in eight rows of reverse-herringbone 1-2-1 seating. There are 30 business class, 21 premium economy, 34 Main Cabin Extra and 200 standard economy seats.

Business-class seat on AA's 787-9
A business-class seat on AA’s 787-9. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

This won’t be the first time American flies to Israel. The flight to Tel Aviv flight comes four years after the airline ended service from Philadelphia (PHL) in January 2016. At the time, it cited significant losses on the route that it inherited through its 2013 merger with US Airways.

“Tel Aviv has been the largest unserved city in the American Airlines’ network until now,” said Vasu Raja, vice president of network and schedule planning at American on the carrier’s Tell Me Why podcast in August 2019.

And, if the route performs well, the airline could connect the city to its Miami (MIA), New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Philadelphia hubs in the future, Raja said.

U.S. competitors Delta Air Lines and United Airlines ramped up service after American’s departure from Tel Aviv. Delta and United are both still operating flights to Israel despite the travel restrictions.

 

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Victoria Walker contributed to this story.

Featured image courtesy of Dana Friedlander / Visit Tel Aviv

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