Review of El Al Israel Airlines flight Bucharest Tel Aviv in Economy

Flight LY574
Class Economy
Seat 53A
Flight time 02:15
Take-off 09 May 16, 11:30
Arrival at 09 May 16, 13:45
LY 35 reviews
Dor
By 1087
Published on 15th May 2016
Some photos from Romania:


In the morning of the flight, I saw this mail:
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In this Email, Elal wrote that in my flight I'll have aircraft with DreamStream system.

OTP airport entry:
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OTP check in area:
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I couldn't take photos in the border inspection area, because the security prohibit it.

Food area in OTP:
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The prices are very expensive, cup of coffee for 22 lei (RON), something like 5$ USD! (I thought that TLV airport prices are overpriced, until I visited in OTP…)
The duty free prices are also not attractive.

I saw my aircraft in Plane finder app in my smartphone:
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Duty free area:
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Before boarding:
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Aircraft Information:
ELAL
Boeing 767-330ER
4X-EAJ (Previous regs: D-ABUY, EI-CIY, I-AEIY, I-PEIY, I-VEIY and OO-SLT)
In service since July 1991, the oldest aircraft in ELAL fleet!

Our aircraft:
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Gate view:
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Business class:
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Nice legroom!
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Some cabin shots during boarding:


Wing view:
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ELAL magazine, duty free and safety card:
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The take off time was 11:10, but as you can see, We took off with little delay:
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Austrian A319:
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After pushback:
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Overhead TV with flight map:
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Tarom ATRs during taxi:
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Take off!
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10 Minutes after take off, during climbing to FL370:
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35 minutes the crew served meal, I could choose Tuna salad or chicken with tahini:

The meal included: Chicken with tahini, salad, hummus salad, pita bread, salad dressing, cream with chocolate crumbles, hot drinks and cold drinks.

DreamStream flight map:
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WC:
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Cabin view during cruise:
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Very scratched window:
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Wing view during descent:
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Landing at TLV:
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ELAL B744:
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Cabin view after landing:
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Bye bye EAJ!
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The way to the border inspection:



Baggage claim:
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I found it very strange to combine baggage from two flights in the same belt…

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Verdict

El Al Israel Airlines

9.0/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering10.0

Bucharest - OTP

8.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness9.0

Tel Aviv - TLV

9.3/10
Efficiency9.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

The B763 of ELAL is very old, this is the oldest fleet in Elal, You can see the age on the cabin, It's not clean and the plastics looks bad. You can also see the window photo in my report...
But I can't ignore the amazing leg room! This is my 3rd flight in Elal B763, and I still think that this aircraft has very good legroom for economy class.
The meal was tasty and more than expected for 2 hours.
The crew was very nice, the Dreamstream system worked but I still prefered my music in my smartphone.

OTP airport is clean and not too big, but boring and the duty free and food area are very expensive.
TLV airport was good as usual, but this time they got lower score in Efficiency, because in the baggage claim they combined luggage from two flights and It created disorganization, many pepole crowded around the belt.

Information on the route Bucharest (OTP) Tel Aviv (TLV)

5 Comments

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  • Comment 348527 by
    ROY 52 Comments

    Do was on the plane economy plus?

  • Comment 348528 by
    ROY 52 Comments

    Do was on the plane economy plus?

  • Comment 348537 by
    Pilpintu SILVER 803 Comments

    1991 !?!?
    That plane is from before I made my very first flight in 1994!!!
    What's the problem with Elal? No money for new aircraft? They should change thier corporate colors to "ageing-plastic yellow". That would match with the interior of their planes! Well, this 767 looks better than the 747 Elal "pigsty", anyway. :D
    I have to admit that old planes have some advantages, though, like the increased legroom and softer seats.
    I loved your pictures of Romania!!! Absolutely wonderful. My favorites were the one with the pansies in the foreground and the one of the geese.
    Were you really that close to a bear, or was it in a zoo??
    Many thanks for sharing! :)

    • Comment 348539 by
      Dor AUTHOR 90 Comments

      Yes, 1991... Older than me! LOL
      As you can see, this aircraft used by many airlines before Elal leased It.
      The "newest" B763 in Elal fleet is 4X-EAL (You can see FR LY095 in my profile), in service since 2000.
      Elal bought new aircrafts like the B739. (You can see FR LY575 in my profile)
      And yes, this aircraft is still better than 4X-ELH (pigsty...).
      About new aircrafts, Elal ordered 15 new B787, some of them will be leased, some of them will be Elal property.

      The bear isn't so close, I used Telephoto lens to take this picture, and I took this photo in bear reserve in Zarnesti.
      Thank you and I'm happy that you enjoyed.

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