Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has set a 23 June date to open daily services to the main Israeli hub at Tel Aviv.
Emirates says it will operate Boeing 777-300ERs on the route from Dubai, configured in three classes.
The 354-seat twinjets will feature eight suites in first class, 42 lie-flat business-class seats, and 304 seats in the economy cabin.
Services to Tel Aviv have been made possible by the United Arab Emirates’ diplomatic recognition agreement with Israel.
“In addition to unlocking tremendous pent-up demand, Emirates’ debut into Israel will mean more choice for travellers as they return to the skies,” says Emirates chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim.
He adds that the route will offer greater opportunity for business travellers to visit Dubai and take advantage of the carrier’s network from the city and its codeshare agreement with Flydubai.
“We are confident that our new services will have a positive impact on enhancing Israel’s connectivity to a wealth of global destinations,” he says.
Emirates says the schedules have been arranged to provide “optimum” connections to popular leisure destinations in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Africa and the Maldives.