America's fastest growing international airline will begin offering daily services between New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport and Tel Aviv in addition to the Tel Aviv-Atlanta flights the company reinstated last year.
Thus, Delta Airlines will become the first US carrier to fly non-stop between Israel and two US cities. The Israeli airline, El-Al is currently offering flights to three US destinations: Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
Talking to reporters at a press conference Wednesday, Frank Jahangir, Delta's VP for sales and affairs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said "Delta has been extremely successful in the Israeli market since the launch of our non-stop service to Atlanta last spring, and we are pleased to further connect Israel to our growing global network."
According to Jahangir, the airline's decision to establish the new route is based on the success of the Tel Aviv – Atlanta route, which since its launch in March 2006, has flown 150,000 passengers at 80 percent capacity per flight.
The airline has spent more than $40 million renovating its facilities at JFK Airport, and will offer passengers on its Tel Aviv-New York flights kosher meals and service in both Hebrew and English.
The New York - Tel Aviv route will begin to operate in March 2008, but tickets are already available for purchase at the company's Website.