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United Airlines has announced that it plans to add non-stop service between Washington Dulles and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport from spring 2019. This will be United’s fourth non-stop route between the US and Israel and will be the first non-stop service offered by a US airline between Washington DC and Tel Aviv.
As things stand the route is scheduled to operate from 22 May 2019 on the following schedule:
UA072 IAD 22:30 – 16:30+1 TLV (Wed, Fri & Sun)
UA073 TLV 00:20 – 05:50 IAD 777 (Tue, Fri & Sun)
The published schedule currently shows that United will operate the route using a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which, on the face of things, would suggest old-fashioned Business Class seating in a 2-4-2 layout:
This cabin is about as out of date as you’ll find on most full-service US, European and Asian airlines but I’d be surprised if it ever appears on this route.
Washington – Tel Aviv is probably a route on which United expects quite a lot of Premium Cabin bookings (I doubt this is route is being added for the tourist market!) so I fully expect to see United launch this route with a reconfigured 777 featuring the airline’s new Polaris Business Class cabin.
This cabin offers all-aisle-access seating in a 1-2-1 layout and couldn’t be further from the abomination that most of the current United Airlines 777s serve up.
This should be a nice new route for United loyalists (especially if true Polaris Business Class is offered). The route is currently open for bookings and a quick glance at award availability shows a lot of seats available at 75,000 miles one-way.