Israel’s national airline El Al has launched Economy Class Plus, a new premium-economy class offering passengers more legroom, a greater degree of seat recline and preferred seating in the economy cabin.
El Al’s Economy Class Plus seating also offers a comfort kit (with eyeshades, socks, earplugs, toothpaste and a toothbrush), a business class pillow and blanket, a wider seat cushion, plus additional amenities such as a foot rest and a curtain for privacy.
Installation of laptop and cell phone electrical outlets at every seat will be completed by year end, according to El Al.
El Al Israel Airlines passengers can now reserve Economy Class Plus seating for travel as of July 1 on all of the carrier’s Boeing 747-400 jumbos flying between New York (JFK and Newark) and Israel. The fare for this premium economy-class seat is an additional $150 per person above the economy class fare, each way.
In the future, Economy Class Plus will also be available to passengers traveling on El Al’s Boeing 777-200ER widebodies, according to the airline.
El Al Matmid frequent flyers who travel the most (Top Platinum, Platinum and Gold members) receive a complimentary Economy Class Plus seat when purchasing an economy class ticket. A travel companion of a Top Platinum member in economy class also receives a free Economy Class Plus seat.
In addition, El Al passengers purchasing select economy class tickets are entitled to receive a free Economy Class Plus seat. Every other Matmid frequent flyer has the option of exchanging frequent-flyer mileage points for one of these seats.
“In an effort to cater to our best customers and accommodate all our passengers, we are thrilled to offer this affordable new product that provides more seating options when traveling to Israel on El Al,” says Danny Saadon, vice president, North and Central America for El Al Israel Airlines.
For more information and to book an Economy Class Plus seat, visit www.elal.com, call El Al at (800) 223-6700 or call any travel agent.
In operation for more than 60 years, El Al offers more non-stop flights between New York (JFK and Newark) and Israel than any other carrier, as well as the only non-stop service to Israel from Los Angeles.
Worldwide, El Al flies to 35 destinations from Israel and serves dozens of other destinations throughout the world (including the U.S.) via partnerships with many other leading carriers.
Only El Al has first class service on non-stop flights between the U.S. and Israel, according to the airline, which has annual revenues of about $2 billion and carries 3.6 million passengers each year.