Going back 2-3 years ago there was no flights from LTN to TLV and then ThomsonFly decided to operate services 4-5 times weekly and they were a great success, originally flying with a 737-800 and this was regularly upgraded to 752's and 767's.
Thomson decided to pull out of all schedule services and dropped the successful route, then in May this year El-Al decided to transfer their operation from STN to LTN and this is flown 6 times weekly with a 762 and 763.
Now LTN will have 12 flights a week to TLV, from the 2nd Nov this year! The easyJet flights will operate Saturday to Thursday.
I hope this will not have an impact on the El-Al service and I am sure the airport will hope this too... They seem to think of the El-Al service as a flagship service of the airport as no other national carriers operate from LTN and is does potentially offer connecting flights to/from Asia and the Far East which the airport has been keen to market!
This does seem to be part of some longer distant route expansion for easyJet to the eastern Mediteranean basin from LTN. Only last week they announced flights from the airport 3x weekly to SSH and 4x PFO. Reading on other websites it seems easyJet are basing 2 A320's at the airport for the Winter 09 schedule (rumour from PPRUNE website), and these are additional airframes from what is already based here. It would appear these new aircraft will be busy plying these new routes as the A320's do seem to operate easyJet's longer routes...
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8435 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7193 times:
Quoting Directorguy (Reply 6): Why isn't this service going to be daily? I thought only LY restricted operations on Saturdays.
maybe the airline is being cautious and they dont want to cause offence , or maybe , statistically , fewer people travel to/from TLV on Friday because the pax themselves prefer to keep Shabbat and the airline doesnt want to operate with an uneconomically low load factor on that day so they choose not to operate at all ?
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GCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1104 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7105 times:
Quoting Richardw (Reply 4): Do the new U2 A320s have reclining seats? or will these be former GT A320s?
By the time this service starts. most (or all) of the ex-GT A320 series will have departed from the fleet (although I'm not sure of the exact dates). They are all due to be replaced by new build EZY aircraft. I can't answer the question on seat reclining for new build, as I haven't yet flown on one.