US Airways announces Tel Aviv

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US Airways adds Tel Aviv; more routes to come

By Linda Loyd
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
US Airways Group Inc. will begin flying to the Middle East with year-around service between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel, next July.
The Tempe, Ariz.-based carrier said it will offer one daily nonstop flight and will begin service July 2, subject to approval by U.S. Department of Transportation and Israeli officials.
Philadelphia's dominant airline will use new longer-range Airbus 330-200 aircraft, with capacity for more than 250 passengers, that are scheduled for delivery in the spring.
US Airways CEO Doug Parker was at Philadelphia International Airport today, along with Mayor Nutter, to detail the new service.
Parker said the carrier, which transports two-thirds of Philadelphia passengers, is getting 17 new long-haul, wide-body aircraft by 2011, "which bodes well for Philadelphia's international service, and we'd like to begin more service to Europe and to the Middle East and Asia in the coming years."
The 5,700-mile Tel Aviv route would be the longest nonstop segment in the US Airways network.
"Announcing our first service to the Middle East is the perfect follow-up to our London-Heathrow service, which began in March," Parker said.
US Airways began service from Philadelphia to Heathrow Airport in March.
Said Mayor Nutter: "We appreciate US Airways' commitment to enhancing our city's economy and culture with this new service. We look forward to working with US Airways to further establish Philadelphia as a major international gateway."
Parker said the company hopes to start selling tickets by Labor Day, but added that it was too early to know the fares. Tel Aviv is Israel's finance center, and a gateway to tourism there.
The Tel Aviv departure will be at 9:15 p.m., with arrival at 3:15 p.m., Tel Aviv time, the following day. The return flight will leave Tel Aviv at 11:50 p.m. and arrive in Philadelphia at 5:10 a.m. (Philadelphia time) the following day. Return service is scheduled to begin July 3.
The airline may announce in the fall two more international routes to start next summer. Among the cities under consideration are Moscow; Oslo, Norway; and Istanbul, Turkey, an airline official said.
US Airways flies from Philadelphia to 34 destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. The airline said in May that it would seek a one-year delay to its new Philadelphia-Beijing service until March 2010.
"You might be wondering why starting Tel Aviv is any different in an environment where fuel is costly," Parker said at today's announcement. "China is a developing international market from the United States, whereas Tel Aviv is very established and we absolutely know that our Tel Aviv service has better economics." Based on current fuel prices, Parker said, it would cost $10 million to $12 million more to fly to Beijing (14 to 16 hours) than fuel costs to Tel Aviv (11 to 12 hours).

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/27128844.html
 

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McNugget, I bet you're a BIG fan of NASCAR (read:Redneck).

Using the the term Jew, isn't derogatory. Your manipulation though, surely identifies your anti-semitic beliefs.

And that was soooo humourous. Where do you come up with your wit?
 

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I think you're one angry furloughed gear slinger who finds himself funny after some swill.
 

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NYC--Get a friggin' sense of humor! It was obvious (to most) that he was making fun of the Piedmont heritage of USAir.

I don't think it's going to work since so much TLV business emanates from NYC.

Israeli chicks rock! TC
 

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Meshugeh!

Chas vesholem!

Cactus, schmactus!

Where's the Tower Air gate?
 
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Just think about how many $2 bottles of water will be consumed.
 

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Actually traveling international on Usless Air is not that bad (my experience). I'd been on both first class and the back of the bus and the service is great, so are the crews.
 

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McNugget, I bet you're a BIG fan of NASCAR (read:Redneck).

Using the the term Jew, isn't derogatory. Your manipulation though, surely identifies your anti-semitic beliefs.

And that was soooo humourous. Where do you come up with your wit?
Obviously, your drinking problem is that you're not drinking enough, are you?
 

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It will be hilarous to watch them screw this up just like Beijing. Another route that this regional doesn't have the brains or aircraft to fly!:laugh:
 

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It will be hilarous to watch them screw this up just like Beijing. Another route that this regional doesn't have the brains or aircraft to fly!:laugh:
No way! The E-190 will be the perfect airframe for the job!
 

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It will be hilarous to watch them screw this up just like Beijing. Another route that this regional doesn't have the brains or aircraft to fly!:laugh:
While I completely agree with Beijing being stupid, how is an A330-200 not an adequate aircraft for the Tel-Aviv route? The route is 5015nm and the aircraft has a 6400nm range. I agree with the comment above about US's transatlantic service, its not too bad. Last time I went to Europe I got a nice close to fold flat business class seat, great service, and good food. Supposedly they have fold flat business coming with all the A330-200s. I believe the delivery schedule is something like 5 next year, 7 in 2010, and 3 in 2011. Granted, they are no continental, but compared to United now where you don't even get a meal in economy on a transatlantic flight, they are pretty good.
 
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Where's the Tower Air gate?
Actually we did not have gates in TLV, but rather hard-stands..Don't think there was (is?) many gates available.

TLV was a great layover, good food, good drink and pretty girls...:cool:
 

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Who would of thought in the early 80's that a small upstart from Phoenix would eventually be flying to Israel, it will be nice to see Cactus in Tel Aviv...
 

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DOV: Can you elaborate?

Certainly the reference to Kinky and his band was understood, right?
 
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Who would of thought in the early 80's that a small upstart from Phoenix would eventually be flying to Israel, it will be nice to see Cactus in Tel Aviv...
I don't think the guys from that "small upstart" will be flying them. The only upstart thing about it will be an east guy using the "cactus" call sign.
 
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