El Al has outlined plans to trial ultra-long-haul flights between Tel Aviv and Melbourne. And following the lead set by Qantas in recent months, the airline will operate a series of three Boeing 787 test flights in April and May next year.
Unlike Qantas’ Project Sunrise test flights, however, El Al is allowing customers to book tickets on the flights.
- The Tel Aviv to Melbourne flights are scheduled for 02 April, 23 April, and 14 May 2020.
- The return flights will operate on 04 April, 25 April, and 16 May.
El Al estimates that these flights will take around 16 hours and 45 minutes, and will be the longest ever flights in Israel’s aviation industry. And should the Melbourne-Tel Aviv service commence on a commercial basis, it will become the world’s third-longest scheduled flight.
“This is a great opportunity for more Australians and Israelis to explore each other’s beautiful countries,” Australia’s Ambassador to Israel, Chris Cannan, told the Jerusalem Post.
El Al has a fleet of 12 787-9s and also has four 787-8s on order. The airline’s 787-9s are configured with 32 flatbed Business class seats, 28 in Premium Economy and 222 standard Economy seats.
Economy Class airfares on the test flights start at around $1200, but are subject to availability and change without notice. Contact us for more information and fares in Premium Economy and Business Class.
El Al is also permitting passengers to fly the non-stop route in one direction and to combine it with flights to Bangkok or Hong Kong in the other direction.
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