Over, the last week, Israeli national carrier – El Al – has announced it’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin interiors. Considering the previous onboard product, this is a massive improvement and the new cabins are actually competitive and aesthetically pleasing.
It also seems the El Al Dreamliner aircraft will also have a modified livery, which is slightly more eye-catching:
Business Class will be in a 1-2-1 configuration and, whilst in a similar setup to United’s new Polaris seat, is not the same hardware. It provides direct aisle access to every passenger and is an immense improvement to the previous product.
El Al will also introduce Premium Economy. It will be in a 2-4-2 configuration, with 38″ seat pitch. This will help El Al compete with Cathay Pacific’s A350 product on the Tel Aviv-Hong Kong route.
The Economy cabin will be in a 3-3-3 configuration, with 31″ seat pitch. Although not the most spacious seat, it looks extremely modern with large IFE screens and a clean, bright look.
Apparently, the first route will be London-Tel Aviv (beginning in Autumn 2017), with Newark-Tel Aviv and Hong Kong-Tel Aviv to follow. The choice of routes is interesting, as El Al faces direct competition on both of these routes. United recently announced it would deploy its new Boeing 777-300ER (with Polaris seats) on this route and Cathay Pacific recently began Airbus A350 service to Israel, from their hub in Hong Kong. Perhaps, for El Al, this is about taking back market share from the airline’s home market with a more competitive product and, thus, deploying their new kit on the most competitive routes from Tel Aviv.
All pictures courtesy of El Al Israel.