On 30 March, United Airlines inaugurated its newest intercontinental non-stop service, linking San Francisco and Tel Aviv with the first-ever non-stop flights between the two cities.
Flight time to Tel Aviv aboard United’s most advanced aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, will be 14 hours 10 minutes. United will operate service to Tel Aviv from San Francisco three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
On the return, United flight 955 will depart Tel Aviv at 12:55am on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in San Francisco at 6am the same day (all times local). Flight times will be 15 hours five minutes.
The service will operate for several weeks in June and July with Boeing 777 aircraft.
“Our new service between San Francisco and Tel Aviv is a direct response to customer demand,” said Dave Hilfman, United’s senior vice president of Worldwide Sales.
San Francisco is a key centre for Israeli business travel and one of the most popular U.S. leisure destinations for Israelis. From its San Francisco hub, United operates nearly 280 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.
“We congratulate United for its new route between San Francisco and Israel,” said Anat Ben Yosef, Consul, Israel Ministry of Tourism.
“Not only will United’s service be extremely convenient for tourists travelling to Israel from northern California and the Pacific Northwest – but it will also be a boon for the vast numbers of travellers in the high-tech industry who virtually commute between the Silicon Valleys of California and Israel. Last year was a record year for tourism from the United States to Israel, and we expect this year to be even better.”