royisher
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TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:21 pm

Hey,

Well you guys said you weren't getting enough El Al trip reports, so here is a report from me.

Over this weekend I flew to London for some holiday, flew in on Thursday on LY213 to STN and then back home on LY318 from LHR.

Well let me get started.

Thursday morning, 2:30AM phone rings, wake up call, Time to get ready, everything already packed, did a quick shower and at 3AM I left for the airport. This time instead of using my normal Taxi service to the airport we took the car, and left it in the long term parking area (first time doing it), It's quite nice, Don't know why we haven't done that before.

Well we got to the airport at 3:15AM, and went to the check in @ 3:20AM, Platinum/Shalom Service check in was empty, only 2 counters were open, quite surprising for Thursday morning. I guess elal must be doing bad lately haha.

Flight Details:

Flight Number: LY213
Seat: 2A
Aircraft / Reg: B757-200 / 4X-EBU
Route: TLV-STN
Departure: 5:08AM
Arrival: 8:10AM
Date: 31.9.06

After check in we continued to Passport Control and then to the business lounge, which was also empty, and then left for the plane.

I was happy to be onboard the EBU, and not EBT or EBS (oldies)...

We were offered some pre-flight drinks, and just settled myself in my seat with my iPod to get some rest.

We pushed back on time, taxied to runway 26, and left for Stansted.

20 min after departure we were offered Breakfast, the choices were:

Omelette with a cheese plate and some vegetables

OR

Kish with a cheese plate

OR

Health Breakfast, including a salad, fruit salad, granola and some other stuff.

I chose the Omelette, was okay, not too good, Lufthansa's B'fast is much better!

A pic of the meal:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/royish/LHRTrip/IMG_8660.jpg

I then watched one of the movies that was on display, 16 Blocks, nice movie!

And the rest of the flight was calm. No highlights.

Cabin picture (!Sorry for the poor quality!):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/royish/LHRTrip/IMG_8665.jpg

We landed at STN before schedule, we taxied to our gate and I deboarded the plane quickly, and for my surprise, I found STN to be much nicer then LHR, I think next time I'll fly to London I'll fly to STN again.

Some pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/royish/LHRTrip/IMG_8670.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/royish/LHRTrip/IMG_8676.jpg

We then proceeded to Immigration which went quickly and then to the Stansted Express, and then off to London.

In London we stayed at the Hilton Paddington, very nice hotel, not like the Hilton Park Lane, but indeed a nice hotel, the location is excellent transportation wise, the underground is just across the street.

Just a really nice sunset I thought you guys would like to see:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/royish/LHRTrip/IMG_8693.jpg

Flight back -

Well our flight back was on Saturday evening, LY318.

We got a late check-out, and we left the hotel at 7:40 for LHR, with the Heathrow Express, we arrived to Heathrow at 7:55 and continued to check in.

Details:

Flight Number: LY318
Seat: 3K
Aircraft / Reg: B767-300 / 4X-EAJ
Route: LHR-TLV
Departure: 10:58PM
Arrival: 04:55AM
Date: 2.9.06

Flight boarded on time, We left the King David lounge for the plane, we got there quickly, and boarded the plane, I went into the cabin and for the first time, I flew in El Al's new 767 Business Class. First impression was so and so, but they were quite nice, Lie-Flat seats, nice seats to sleep on. This flight for me was uneventful, I slept the whole flight, my only complain was that the leg rest isn't going up enough for them to be real lie-flat seats.

A quick pic I took of the cabin:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/royish/LHRTrip/IMG_8746.jpg

Hope you've enjoyed this report. More to come.

Royi
 
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:55 am

I've never flown LY 763s.How are they compared to the 762s? Do they look more modern?I always try to avoid LY 762s but are the -300s different?
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:15 am

Nice report! EL AL Business Class looks pretty good. The food looks great!

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ba319-131
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:22 am

Nice report,thanks.

Could do with a little more info on the 763 flight though, ie in flight service, meals etc.

Regards

Mark
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:23 am

Nice report!
Thanks so much.
I think LY C service can do much better. Especially the meal service. Just compare it to ANA meals or AF meals you can see here at the trip report.
 
royisher
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:24 am

Quoting LY777 (Reply 1):

The 767-300 is much better then the -200, It's newer, I really wanted the flight yesterday to be the EAP and not the EAJ , I've never flown on the EAP, but should be the same in the end. If you've flown on a 763, It's a 763 :-P.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):

Well the food is okay, not great :-P

Thanks for the comments.
 
royisher
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:25 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):

Sorry, as I mentioned, I slept through the whole flight, so I got no idea what was going on there.
 
LY777
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:23 am

The food looks like the one we receive in LY Y class!!!
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:37 pm

Something that caught my attention: the safety card reads "767-EAJ" - is it normal on El Al to put the plane model and registration on the safety card?

Saludos,
Marambio
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:48 pm

Royisher,

thanks a lot for the report and good to see some more LY-reports here.
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joeyby
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:22 am

great report! do the 757s and 767s have laptop ports in business?
 
royisher
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting Marambio (Reply 8):
Something that caught my attention: the safety card reads "767-EAJ" - is it normal on El Al to put the plane model and registration on the safety card?

Saludos,
Marambio


Yep! El Al does it this way (on leased planes mainly)

Quoting Joeyby (Reply 10):
great report! do the 757s and 767s have laptop ports in business?

Nope.

Thanks for the comments.
 
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RE: TLV-STN & LHR-TLV El Al Business Class Report

Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:05 am

Quoting Marambio (Reply 8):
Something that caught my attention: the safety card reads "767-EAJ" - is it normal on El Al to put the plane model and registration on the safety card?

Wouldn't it be great to have the reg on the safety card on one of those flights where someone asks the flight attendants the reg num of the plane they're on and they say, "I'm sorry, I can't tell you for security reasons"?
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