An El Al 747 (Photo/Wikimedia-Magic Aviation CC BY 2.0)
An El Al 747 (Photo/Wikimedia-Magic Aviation CC BY 2.0)

El Al may delay SFO-Tel Aviv direct flights

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The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week that El Al, Israel’s national airline, might hold off on the launch of its nonstop route between Tel Aviv and San Francisco. El Al attributed the potential delay to winter flight scheduling and to matters related to switching to the new Boeing Dreamliner 787 planes.

El Al already had started selling tickets for the three-flights-per-week route, which were scheduled to begin in November.

United Airlines launched nonstop flights between SFO and Tel Aviv two years ago, to much fanfare. The route is popular with the thousands of Israelis based in the Bay Area and with tech companies that do business with Israel.