Big morning for airline announcements with United announcing flights to TLV and AKL from their SFO hub, while Ethiopian discusses their plans for a NYC flight:
San Francisco–Tel Aviv:
As part of United’s evaluation for serving San Francisco (SFO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) nonstop, the airline considered the opinions of thousands of customers who petitioned for the service through the SFOTLV.ORG petition effort.
“Providing corporate customers from throughout the Bay Area and Silicon Valley nonstop service to the high-tech market in Israel has been high on our priority list at United,” said Dave Hilfman, United’s senior vice president of worldwide sales. “Now with the 787-9 Dreamliner, we’re delighted to make it a reality.”
8 p.m. We/Fr/Su
8:10 p.m. the next day
12:55 a.m. Tu/Fr/Su
6 a.m. the same day
Flight times will be 14 hours, 10 minutes eastbound and 15 hours, 5 minutes westbound.
United has served Israel since 1999. The airline currently offers twice-daily Boeing 777 nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and New York/Newark.
United’s three-times weekly service to Auckland (AKL), New Zealand’s largest city and main transportation hub to other points throughout the country, will launch July 1, 2016, with 787-8 aircraft. The schedule will expand to daily flights operating with 787-9 aircraft on Oct. 28, 2016, in time for the peak-winter travel season.
The Auckland flights will operate in partnership with United’s Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand.
6:55 a.m. two days later
6:40 a.m. the same day
Flight times will be 13 hours, 10 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 20 minutes eastbound.
The Tel Aviv flights will be available for booking on October 10, 2015, with the Auckland flights available for booking on October 17, 2015.
Meanwhile, The Street is reporting that Ethiopian is considering adding a New York area flight from its hub in Addis Ababa with a decision to come by the end of the year. Just yesterday the WSJ reported that the airline intends to order 15-20 Boeing 777X aircraft sometime before 2016.
“New York is one of the stations under study,” Nigusu Worku Wordofa, the carrier’s regional director of the Americas, said in an interview. “There are other cities as well — we will add a few more stations.” If the carrier does select New York, it would then decide whether to fly to John F. Kennedy International Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport, a hub for partner United, he said. Like United, Ethiopian is a Star Alliance member.