American Airlines announced last week that a third US city would serve Tel Aviv. All three flights are expected to start in 2021. This new flight is now bookable.
The American route from Miami to Tel Aviv will start in June 2021
From June 4, 2021, American Airlines will start flights from Miami to Tel Aviv three times a week. The new service will run according to the following schedule:
Miami to Tel Aviv Departure 7.40 p.m. Arrival 3.10 p.m. (+1 day) [Wed, Fri, Sun]
Tel Aviv to Miami Departure 11:55 p.m. Arrival 6:50 a.m. (+1 day) [Mon, Thu, Sat]
With only three flights a week, it’s interesting that Americans are choosing to operate one of the frequencies on a Friday as a not inconsiderable number of travelers to and from Israel do not travel on that day. I suspect this is no coincidence and that the airline believes enough other people want to travel on Fridays to maximize their absence time.
American new route from Miami to Tel Aviv
American Airlines will use a Boeing 777-200ER with 273 seats for the route, including 37 Business Class seats and 24 Premium Economy seats.
American’s 777s are characterized by premium economy
Some interesting things to note about this route:
- At 6,603 miles, this is the longest American route from Miami. It is blocked at 12:30 p.m. east and 1:55 p.m. west
- American will compete against EL AL in this market
- This will be America’s first route from Miami to Asia (although West Asia is not what people traditionally think of when they hear about Asia); Miami Airport has been trying to establish connections to North Asia / China for years. We hope to see such a route at some point
- This flight is on sale now, although at the time of this writing there isn’t a lot of award or upgrade availability in First & Business Class at a reasonable cost
American flights from Dallas & New York to Tel Aviv
It is fantastic to see Americans not only returning to Israel but doing so with full force. The Americans’ last route to Israel was from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. This route was cut short in 2015 after allegedly losing money for years.
American’s new Miami to Tel Aviv route complements the new Dallas and New York service:
Americans will fly to Israel from three US cities
How cool to see Americans continue to expand their service to Israel as the airline no longer offers flights to the country, but operates flights from three cities. I am particularly excited about the Miami Route as a resident of the area who would love to return to Israel after taking an amazing trip there a few years ago.
I still find it a bit surprising how quickly all of these routes start and the borders of Israel are still closed. While Israel is quickly vaccinating its population, I am curious to see whether this also means that the borders will be reopened in the next few months, which is what the Americans are probably betting on here.
What do you think of the American route from Miami to Tel Aviv?