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U.S. Airways to Begin Flights to Tel Aviv

U.S. Airways (USAir), the fifth largest airline, stated on August 20, 2008 that July 2, 2009 will mark the beginning of one non-stop flight to Tel Aviv per day. However, this is subject to the approval of Israeli officials and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Philadelphia-based airline will use its new long-range airbus 330-200 to embark upon these flights. The aircraft will be able to carry 250 passengers for its first scheduled flight.

The chief executive officer of US Airways (US Air), Doug Parker, made an appearance at Philadelphia International Airport on August 19 to reveal details regarding this new service.

He said the airline, which takes care of the air transportation of approximately 2/3 of Philadelphias passengers will be receiving 17 more of these long-haul aircraft by 2011, which will do great things for the service at the Philadelphia airport. U.S. Airways is hoping to begin selling more airline tickets to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in the very near future. These better long-haul airplanes will help make that possible.

U.S. Airways just launched new service to London-Heathrow back in March. The latest announcement will be the first service to the Middle East. The 5,700 mile route will also be the longest nonstop route ever taken on by a United States airline.

It is hoped that airline tickets can go on sale by Labor Day, but it is too late to know at this moment what the fares will be. As for why Tel Aviv is the chosen destination, it is because it is Israels business center and a tourism gateway for all who visit.

The departure and return times are as follows: The departure flight will leave at 9:15 PM with an arrival in Tel Aviv at 3:25 Tel Aviv time on the next day. The return flight will depart Tel Aviv at 11:50 PM and arrive in Philadelphia at 5:10 AM. Being that the departure service will begin on July 2, 2009, return service will begin on July 3.

It is very possible that U.S. Airways will announce two more routes to international destinations that will also begin in the summer of 2009. Among the cities being evaluated are Turkey, Oslo, Moscow, and Istanbul. Right now, U.S. Airways flies passengers to 34 international destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. In May 2009, U.S. Airways will be halting their Philadelphia to Beijing flights until March 2010. This is due to fuel costs. The fuel costs are actually cheaper to Tel Aviv because the economy is in excellent shape. Beijing is still in the midst of developing internationally.

21.08.2008. 16:28




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