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Anyone Flown El AL?  
User currently offlineSnn2003 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 299 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Im gonna take them in July and was curious how they are?


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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

El Al is very good. See my trip report about my flight YYZ-LAX-YYZ with them.

One thing I will tell you, arrive at least 3-4 hours early for an international flight. They will have people questioning you while in line before you reach the check in area. You will also have to take your bags to a seperate room for screening. Entertainment on the 767 is just overhead monitors in Economy and Business. The 777 and 747s have personal video screens if I am correct. (The 777s do for sure)



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User currently offlineMoose1226 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 250 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

The 744s have PTV in all classes, too...

User currently offlinePRGLY From Czech Republic, joined Dec 2004, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

What flight are u taking? Make sure to come early for check-in and that s all. Catering and inflight service improved significaly recently so I believe you will be satisfied.


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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 982 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

I just read JAGFlyer's report and that is also a good summary of my own flight experiences on EL AL.

Excellent food (metal utensils!). Excellent service. Friendly FAs.

Aside from the additional security measures and Hebrew/English inflight service and announcements, nothing out of the ordinary from other American and Canadian airlines I've flown. I expected I would be one of the few non-Jewish pax aboard... wrong! Pax on the LY flights I've been on were every nationality, race and age (lots of children).

Expect pre-flight security procedures to take a LONG time (2 to 3 hours) security staff are strict, professional and polite.

It is kind of annoying to have no access to your carry-on bag + contents from when you check-in until it is returned to you at the departure gate.

Enjoy your flight.

I would fly LY again anytime.



LD4



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User currently offlineFocus From Israel, joined Feb 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

I've flown LY quite a few times, from TLV to various destinations in Europe and North America.

Assuming you're flying USA-Israel in July, you're very likely to fly either a 777 or a 744 (unless you're flying the LAX-YYZ-TLV route with the 767). Both aircrafts are equipped with PTV's throughout coach, but no VOD's though. Expect the flights to be very full, as there are never enough flights to meet the huge Israel-USA demand during July and August.
As mentioned, security is extremely tight. Make sure you make check-in easier for you and carry no suspicious items. Be at the airport on time - 3 hours should be more than enough, but since you're already in for a very long flight, you may want to come a little earlier, just to be on the safe side.
Nothing extraordinary about the in-flight service. All meals are kosher (roughly, this means absolutely no pork, very few fish and never dairy and meat foods at the same meal). You can also order the usual variety of special meals.
El Al's staff is usually very friendly and extremely professional. Seat layout is 3-3-3 on the 777s, and 3-4-3 on the 744s (that's for coach, naturally). Legroom is average (I've seen better), and seats are moderately comfortable. Personally, I find them better than CO but worse than AA, but that's only my own opinion.

That's about it. If you're really heading here, I hope you have a great stay in Israel. Expect the weather to be pretty warm (80-90 degrees), and quite humid in Tel Aviv. Enjoy the flights and your stay...

--Focus


User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

Quoting Focus (Reply 5):

Assuming you're flying USA-Israel in July, you're very likely to fly either a 777 or a 744 (unless you're flying the LAX-YYZ-TLV route with the 767).

Oh my goodness....i always thought YYZ was in Canada! you just taught me geography there

Quoting Focus (Reply 5):
As mentioned, security is extremely tight.

A plus from El Al given they are proprtionally more exposed to terrorists attacks

Quoting Snn2003 (Thread starter):
Im gonna take them in July and was curious how they are?

shouldn't this really be on the polls forum



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User currently offlineEDKA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 377 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

I have flown many times LHR - TLV - LHR on LY and BA. I would say they are on par with BA (now BA only fly 763's, whether LY fly 752 (STN), 742, 744, 762, 777 on this route, depending when you are travelling). Apart from the security there is no much difference between them, if anything, food is probably better on LY.

Personally, BA suits me better because of their departure/arrivals times. However also LY have a huge advantage point over BA - you can check all your luggage in the night before, which is, if you are travelling with kids makes a lot of difference in the morning...

I have never been on LY to North America, so can't comment on that.

have a good flight!

[Edited 2005-06-02 09:01:33]

User currently offlineFocus From Israel, joined Feb 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 6):
Oh my goodness....i always thought YYZ was in Canada! you just taught me geography there

What exactly are you contradicting?
Yes, YYZ is in Canada, and LY regularly flies TLV-YYZ-LAX-YYZ-TLV. JAGflyer's great trip report (mentioned above) gives you a sneak preview of this very experience.

--Focus


User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

On June 16 I'm flying LY444, on CAI-TLV. I've never taken LY before. Will security be even tighter since I'm departing from Egypt, or less stringent because it's such a short flight? Plane leaves at 9:45pm. What time should I get to CAI?

User currently offlineIMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

I've flown LY a lot, though only ones transatlantic (YYZ-TLV). appeared to be a very comfy flight, though I can't say for sure, as I was on a jump seat near the aft galley  crowded  A/C was a 772

IM


User currently offlineFocus From Israel, joined Feb 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1494 times:

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 9):
Will security be even tighter since I'm departing from Egypt, or less stringent because it's such a short flight?

Flight time should have nothing to do with security. I'd expect the usual strict security measures for your flight.

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 9):
Plane leaves at 9:45pm. What time should I get to CAI?

7:00pm should do it.

Have a great flight!

--Focus


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