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Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:43:09 AM »
I would bet that many of those people rushing to make connections are business travelers.  We have a friend working at Intel that needs to go there for work.
As a regular at IST on TK, seems like more tourists than business.

Also, tourists and all the Filipino workers in Israel will be way more price sensitive and willing to add a stop to save a few dollars. 
Workers true however Japanese tourists like the most direct - according to agents I've spoken to.

My child is going to be in Israel next year and I was just looking at trying to figure out the best (ie cheapest, Direct or possibly one stop in Amman) option  for him to meet me in Asia for Hannukah, and it was interesting to see all the options. I also wonder if El AL will be able to tie this flight into flights on Quantas from Australia.

How do Australians generally travel to Israel now?
Most direct would not be via NRT, much further north than BKK or HKG which are the quickest for Oz pax.
However if price is the option, then even 2 stops, eg. quantas+tk is often very cheap. or Thai/Qantas+Ethiopian - but a very long trip

Many shelf-stable products will be available along the way, but nothing fresh.
If you don't need mehadrin or Chalav yisrael, you can get many milk products with a BD hechsher on them nationwide.  Even bread, there are a few that are kosher just not pat yisrael.

Milk, cheese, bread and canned goods could be bought in most places.  Many products have the BD hechsher on them even in gas station stores, otherwise go to a Shoprite or PicknPay.
For your once a day good meal, go to checkers in Sea Point, get some ready-made meals, freeze them and take with you.  They may even have some already frozen, ask in the Kosher section.

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: May 30, 2019, 03:59:38 AM »
Great news. Didn't realize there was enough demand to fill 3x weekly. I guess i was wrong, press release points to 40k Israelis having flown to Japan in 2018 and 20k Japanese to Israel

Based on the Sat/Sun flights TK TLV-IST and CX TLV-HKG: There are often more than 30 people collected to run to the gate to make the connection to Tokyo

Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: May 30, 2019, 03:55:55 AM »

UA premium plus (hard product)

kosher meal?
Got a J meal 2 weeks ago ex-ewr

Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 02:36:00 AM »
This stuff looks nice, but seems rather generous to give an 8/9 remember Borenstein was put in the 5 slot
Snack was better than Regal or Borenstein
Once I mixed and matched from the dinner and breakfast it was an 8 (I like fish)

Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: April 07, 2019, 11:38:09 PM »
@cdlaz Looks good. Thanks for posting.
Score? Maybe a 7 or 8 based on pix and your description?
Snack 9 - certainly better than the J snack on UA from EWR (yes, I like fish)
My best of the pack dinner+breakfast = 8
The mints were very nice too ;-)
Pretty much identical to mine in BA premium economy flying HND-LHR (except I only received dinner and breakfaast, no snack).

I actually thought it was pretty tasty, if rather small and economy-like.
Yip, tasty, just smaller than any J I'd ever had.
BA and NH probably may use the same ground handler in HND with the same MEL caterer

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Kosher food delivery
« on: April 07, 2019, 06:36:38 AM »
I wanted to recommend the kosher food delivery service from R Mendi/Channa's Place. Website and order form is here.

You need to order and pay online.

We used this service last week, both eat in, pick-up and delivery.

Good, fresh and tasty.
Had fish, shnitzel, turkey, shakshuka, sandwiches
Also: took food to have dinner in the airport, no problem clearing security.
Note: Cost of delivery is similar to taking a round-trip cab ride ie. not cheap.

Up In The Air / Re: Is it safe flying with Turkish Air
« on: April 07, 2019, 06:19:47 AM »
Anyone been to the new IST airport yet?
I was at the old on Friday, many stores and gates boarded up
Note that there are now meant to be 2 TK lounges, a Star Gold and separate Business - looking forward to reviews

Up In The Air / Re: KSML (Kosher Airline Meals) Master Thread
« on: April 07, 2019, 06:06:59 AM »
Airline: NH
Class: J
Route: HND-SYD
Caterer: Peter Unger
Hechsher: Kosher Australia
Flight date: 03/28/19
Meal in pics: Dinner, snack, breakfast



Meal size

Notes: flight was at 11pm, I'd already had dinner from Chana's place in Tokyo (good website and delivery service) thus didn't want to eat the dinner.  The crew brought all 3 (dinner, snack and breakfast) and asked when i'd want to eat which.  The meal sizes were more like a Y class Hermolis, however the snack was very good. Landed up making a combo of the dinner (fish), snack and breakfast just after shacharit.  (No pic of breakfast, was the usual eggs etc.)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: April 02, 2019, 03:09:09 AM »
Ever been to the (relatively) new science museum in Town?
My elementary school kids had a great time

Up In The Air / Re: What Countries Have You Been To
« on: March 04, 2019, 04:24:12 AM »
Hong Kong
South Africa

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: February 10, 2019, 06:33:10 AM »
Lufthansa hebrew speaking team are (or used to be) in South Africa
Still were CPT based as of a few weeks ago

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