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Up In The Air / Re: Elal airlines
« on: Yesterday at 01:00:52 PM »
Can i expect anything for broken screen?
From my experience either matmid points or a voucher. I believe I've received 500 points 2-3 years ago, in J

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 09, 2019, 12:12:57 PM »
https://onemileatatime.com/el-al-last-747-flight/#comment-4275608
That guy has never been on board El Al. That rule, where everyone must be seated one hour before landing, doesn't apply on LY flights.

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:44:51 AM »
That's because El Al hasn't invested a dime into it in 25 years.
I agree.

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 06, 2019, 09:44:16 AM »
More likely to have been poisoned than given that kind of access ;D
LOL

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 06, 2019, 09:39:40 AM »
Heh. Pangs of regret that I didn't go.
Agreed. But it's not clear if they would have given you access to the cockpit etc  ;D then it's not as much fun imho

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 06, 2019, 09:29:14 AM »
https://youtu.be/ZIZkMKNvtrY
I enjoyed watching it. I have so many great memories on this plane but it's definitely time to retire

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Up In The Air / Re: EL AL
« on: November 06, 2019, 08:03:52 AM »
EL AL Israel Airlines Goes Full Fleet with Viasat High-Speed Internet; Airline Plans to Outfit all Widebody and Narrowbody Aircraft with Viasat's Latest In-Flight Connectivity SystemsEL AL Plans to Accelerate Equipment Activations on Viasat's Existing Networks as it Readies its Fleet for Viasat's Future Generation Satellites, including ViaSat-3

 

 

TEL AVIV, Israel and CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- EL AL Israel Airlines, the national air carrier of Israel, and Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced they expanded their successful relationship, adding the Boeing 777 widebody fleet to the mix of EL AL aircraft with Viasat's equipment for high-speed in-flight connectivity (IFC). In addition to the Boeing 777 fleet, Viasat equipment currently powers the connectivity experience across EL AL's Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737-900 and part of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. EL AL plans to have all widebody aircraft equipped with Viasat's latest generation IFC solution and all narrow-body fleet equipped with Viasat's in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) offering. EL AL expects to have the majority of its fleet connected with the Viasat service by the end of 2020.

 

"EL AL takes great pride in being an innovative airline, and they continue to push the in-flight connectivity boundaries," said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, Viasat. "EL AL was first to launch Viasat's fast IFC service in Europe and the Middle East; first to deploy high-speed internet on transatlantic flights using the advanced ViaSat-2 satellite; and are now the first airline to bring IFC to the Boeing 777 aircraft for global routes before the launch of our ViaSat-3 satellite constellation. Enabling high-speed, high-quality internet to their full fleet confirms their dedication to bring customers and crew fast, reliable connectivity service—no matter where they fly."

 

The Viasat in-flight Wi-Fi service offers an at-home or office experience in the sky, keeping flight crews connected for enhanced passenger service and enabling passengers using smartphones, tablets or laptop computers the ability to browse websites, connect to email and instant messaging, use apps and social networks and to stream music and/or films when in-flight.

 

Nimrod Borovitz, vice president, Strategy and Business Development at EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd. commented, "We have a vision to serve our passengers and crew members with high-speed, reliable, enriching experiences when flying to and from major global destinations. We've enjoyed a partnership with Viasat, and are excited to have all of our aircraft supported by ViaSat-3—as we believe this will help us realize our vision to make our fleet fully connected. Our ongoing in-flight Wi-Fi investments will enable over time the more than 5 million passengers we fly annually to enjoy the internet how it's supposed to be: great, engaging and available."

Today, EL AL offers three in-flight Wi-Fi packages—Basic, Social and Business—which can be purchased during the flight through the EL AL Wi-Fi portal via credit card or EL AL Matmid Club points.

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Up In The Air / Re: Random airline-questions.
« on: November 06, 2019, 07:25:32 AM »
I was on a Swiss flight from ZRH to GRU two years ago, and when we landed there was meet & greet on the jetbridge for Senator and HON circles, which escorted through immigration etc..

Flying in January with Iberia (LY codeshare), do they have something equivalent? Or can one pay for this at a decent price?

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Up In The Air / Re: Seeds getting planted for Emirates to fly to Israel?
« on: November 06, 2019, 05:54:27 AM »
Long way to go.. ;)

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Up In The Air / Re: ELAL Questions Master Thread
« on: November 04, 2019, 12:18:15 PM »
Ok, thanks. Any other ideas as to what I can do with EL AL points since they're expiring in Feb? Can I transfer them to a diff. airline, other program, or use on a shopping portal?
Nothing else to do with them

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Up In The Air / Re: ELAL Questions Master Thread
« on: November 04, 2019, 09:45:14 AM »
Thank you Tavster & Yandmk!

So let me get this straight - I'm purchasing an economy ticket, likely less than $1400 (so probably won't be Y/M/K classes), so I won't be able to use the 280 points to upgrade to even premium economy (if EL AL has it, or it's equivalence), is that correct?
And what is the LY website mean (what does LY stand for)?
Also, what kind of duty free shopping can one do once on board? Buy an alchohol drink to drink during the flight?

Not very familiar with the way these things work as you can tell.... Thank you again!
LY stands for El Al

That's right, if your ticket costs less than 2-3k you cannot upgrade it.

They have a lot of products to buy on board: alcohol, cigarettes, perfumes etc. 280 points is worth roughly $90 of products IIRC

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Up In The Air / Re: ELAL Questions Master Thread
« on: November 04, 2019, 03:55:44 AM »
Found this in beginning of thread & wondering, is it still accurate? If I'd like to purchase (pay, not points) an up-gradable economy ticket, which class does it need to be? Also, how much more (generally) do up-gradable tickets cost than non up-gradable? .... and one more, What can I do with 280 Matmid points? Can they be used for an upgrade? Or are there other uses? Thank you to anyone who takes the time to respond.
Y/S/M classes are still required for upgrade to business class.
You could also use M/S for an upgrade to Premium class.

If you live in Israel you can use 280 for promo price to nearby destinations. Otherwise I'd use them for duty free shopping on board.

There are travel agents in this group better suited to say how much Y/S/M cost, but I would say easily over $2k

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 03, 2019, 04:35:23 PM »
Thanks for sharing

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 03, 2019, 04:05:48 PM »
Interestingly, the picture onboard wasn't nearly as neat. Did flightradar24 polish it up or show the "projected route" rather than the actual path? Or maybe the old 747 computers were not so accurate....
I trust flightradar more than an old 747 screen  :)
How was the flight?

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Up In The Air / Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:50:29 AM »
Super impressive!

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