ElAl Israeli Airlines has announce plans to trial ultra long haul flights to Melbourne, Australia.
The first flights are due in April 2020, with three in each direction. operated on the airline’s 787-9’s.
Tickets are already on sale and the first flight leaves on 2nd April, the second on the 23rd and the third on the 14th May.
Flight times are estimated at 17hrs 45 minutes. Because AlAl is banned from flying over Saudi Arabia, they have to fly south over Egypt and down the Red Sea, then across the Horn of Africa, over the Indian Ocean and along Australias south coast as the most direct route.
The flight is well inside the range of a 787-9, as Qantas operate Melbourne-Perth-London flights daily on their own aircraft.
The route will become the third longest in the world.
It may have significant impact on Qantas as it makes a decision as to what to do about is own ambitious plans to fly to London and New York non-stop. This clearly shows that other airlines are looking at the concepts and thinking about viabilities. Qantas has been deliberating the possibilities for some time quite publicly. Other airlines have gotten the idea in their heads and see the commercial possibilities.
If Qantas don’t do this, somebody else will.