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
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...