EL AL and American Airlines announced they will launch a code share agreement which, beginning September 2, will provide passengers with more flight options between 25 additional cities in North America and Israel. AA flights will be able to easily connect to EL AL nonstop flights to and from Israel. Both companies announced that the code share agreement will provide better airfares and remove the need to purchase a separate domestic ticket and automatic luggage transfer to the connecting flight.
Additionally, EL AL Matmid frequent flyer members can earn points on any flight operated by American Airlines. Frequent flyers and premium class passengers will also enjoy more benefits, such as use of the first and business class lounges of both airlines.
"The new partnership reflects the 'EL AL 2010' strategy to operate as a
global worldwide airline and to grow steadily, always responding to the
needs of our North American passengers who travel to Israel,” stated
Professor Israel (Izzy) Borovich, chairman of the board for EL AL.
From North America, EL AL passengers will be able to fly nonstop to Israel from New York (JFK/Newark), Los Angeles and Toronto. The code share partnership between the two airlines also enables EL AL passengers to have the option of flying nonstop to or from Israel (one way) and choosing a stopover in London, Paris, Madrid, Zurich and Barcelona. As such, the transatlantic flight between North America and Europe will take place on American Airlines and the nonstop flight to/from Israel on EL AL, thereby providing more travel opportunities.
The 25 cities in North America that will include flights are: Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Ft Worth, TX; Miami; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Austin, TX; Cleveland; Denver; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Montreal; Orlando, FL; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Raleigh-Durham, NC; San Diego; San Jose, CA; Seattle; St. Louis; Tampa, FL;