Welcome to the flight from Madrid to Tel Aviv:
i've purchased the tickets 2 months before the flight. The price with aireuropa was about 269$ for TLV-MAD-TLV sector including trolley and a small cabin bag onboard. Iberia has a much comfortable flight hour on the return flight (4:10PM while my flight was deaprted at 8:45AM) but it was expensive as 130$ more than Air Europa's flights. El Al was much expensive and the prices was about 500$ per tickets, using boring 737 for both directions (My flight from Madrid to Tel Aviv was onboard a brand new 787 dreamliner.
So I booked the ticket via Air Europa's website, and got directly the ticktes to the mail.
For several years, Air Europa offered charter flight from TLV to BCN and PMI on board Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Air Europa started to operate regualr flight between Madrid and Tel Aviv in 2015, in order to down the prices on TLV-MAD route and to connect pax from TLV to some popular destantions in America like MIA, EZE, GRU, GIG, LIM etc. The route started with only 3 weekly flights onboard B738 aircraft and today the airline operates 9 weekly flight on MAD-TLV route by this hours:
MAD 8:45 AM - TLV 2:20 PM 788/789 All the week except Sat
MAD 11:45 PM - TLV 5:15 AM 738 Sun, Tue, Sat
TLV 4:05 PM - MAD 8:15 PM 788/789 All the week except Sat
TLV 8:00 AM - MAD 12:20 PM 738 Sun, Mon, Wed
Also, the airline will start flying from Malaga (AGP) to TLV from April 2020, 2 flights per week onboard 738 aircraft.
It's pretty nice that Air Europa operates 787 aircrafts on 4.5 hours flight. To comapre, Iberia operates an A332 on this route and El Al operates B739 on this route.
I arrived to Terminal 1 at 6:00AM for 8:45AM departure, which was bit early because I didn't need to send a suitcase and I already have a mobile boarding pass.
View outside the terminal:
This is the duty free area which is small and more expensive than the prices in the city (Madrid is a paradise for shopping lovers):
Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A330-200 landed from Buenos Aires (EZE), Argentina:
My ride for today: A brand new Boeing 787-8 dreamliner, Reg EC-MOM. I love the new livery of Air Europa, It's simple and beauty:
Boarding started at 8:00AM for 8:45AM departure:
Our beautiful 788:
View of the front economy class section:
My seat for today is 22K, 2 spanish men was sitting next to me:
Seat pitch was good for 4.5 hours flight, but it will be cramped for 12 hours flight to EZE for example:
View from the window:
The IFE screen was about 9" or 10.6" (let me know at the comments) and has a full hd resultion. Each seat has a USB port and a power socket under the seat. This is the safety video of Air Europa:
Ready to go:
The taxi time was quite long as MAD is a huge airport! It took about 25 minutes to taxi for the runway.
View of terminal 4S:
Beautiful livery of Iberia's planes and a quite unique 767-300ER of BoA company:
Nice views of the spanish landmarks:
The cursing altitue was about 41,000ft:
The IFE system of Air Europa is easy to use with many movies, TV shows, Music albums, games and an interactive flight map:
The cabin looks nice and better than the cabin of the 788 of LOT, that I flew from JFK to WAW:
The IFE screen while darken:
The lavatories were cleaned for the whole flight:
After 4 hours of flying it was time to descent into TLV:
View of the cabin before landing:
View after the landing in TLV:
Taxing into the gate while watching an A330-300 of Sichuan Airlines on the way to Chengdu,(CTU), China:
Our lovely 787:
The flight was good, as the price, the new aircraft and the fact that we deaprted on time.
Don't come hungry fot the flight because there aren't many opions to choose from the BOB menu. Also, I highly recommend to bring your earphones beacuse it costs 3$ for basic earphones on board.
I would recommend to fly with Air Europa.