El Al to Trial Nonstop Melbourne Flights in 2020

The Israeli flag carrier has announced that they’ll be launching “test flights” between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and Melbourne in the second quarter of 2020.

The airline’s new Boeing 787-9 fleet, which showcases an updated livery, will be utilized. Photo: El Al

Come 2020, El Al will be starting trial flights to Melbourne to gauge demand on this new nonstop route. According to The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli flag carrier has announced that they’ll be launching “test flights” between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and the Australian city in the second quarter of the year.

Business-class cabin in El Al’s Boeing 787-9. Photo: El Al

Aside from being the first direct link between the two cities, the new service will take around 17 hours, making it among the world’s longest. The airline’s new Boeing 787-9 fleet, which showcases an updated livery, will be utilized. 282 seats are available, including 222 in the economy class, 28 in premium economy, and 32 in business class.

A fully-flat bed in the business-class cabin. Photo: El Al

Decked out in rich hues of wood and champagne, the business first cabin features seats laid out in a staggered 1-2-1 format with direct aisle access. The 21″ wide seats transform into a 78″ fully-flat bed, along with plenty of handy shelves and storage space.

Premium-economy seats. Photo: El Al

Meanwhile, the premium economy seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 layout with a 38″pitch. Each one also comes with 23″ screens and personal storage at the back. Finally, the economy seats come with a 30-31″ pitch, as well as 12″ screens and USB charging sockets.

Economy seats. Photo: El Al

More information here.

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