United to Expand TA-San Francisco Flight to Daily Round Trip

FILE - In this July 8, 2015, file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at their gates as another plane, top, taxis past them at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
United Airlines planes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The newly introduced Tel Aviv-San Francisco route has proven so popular that United Airlines, which operates it, is increasing the flight’s frequency to a daily event, from the three flights per week that were instituted when the flight was inaugurated two months ago. The change comes into effect October 6.

Flights from Tel Aviv leave at five minutes to midnight, and arrive in San Francisco at 6 a.m. – a true “red-eye” flight, giving passengers plenty of time to rest and begin the workday on the West Coast. The return flight to Tel Aviv leaves at 8 p.m., and arrives at 8:10 p.m. the next day. At 15 hours and five minutes, the San Francisco flight is the longest one run out of Israel (slightly longer than a non-stop flight to Los Angeles operated by El Al).

The flights have proven very popular among members of Israel’s high-tech community, which has strong connections with Silicon Valley. El Al in the past had considered operating a San Francisco flight, but dropped the idea.