El Al Airlines will begin flying in and out of Boston three times a week with a 216-seat Boeing 767 plane starting next June, the company announced Tuesday.
The flights will leave Israel at 12:30 a.m. and arrive in Boston at 5:45 a.m., similar to the popular 1 a.m. flight to JFK.
Similarly, the return flight will leave Logan Airport in Boston at 3:05 p.m. and land in Ben Gurion Airport at 9 p.m. the following day.
The addition of Boston to the New York, Newark and Los Angeles routes reflects the growing economic links between Israel and Massachusetts, which sent a large trade delegation to Israel earlier this year.
“The appetite for it runs deep. The excitement about it is broad, and we are convinced that both the load and the yield will be as good for El Al as I know the route will be for us,” said state Gov. Deval Patrick.
Approximately 200 companies with connections in Israel operate in Massachusetts and employ nearly 7,000 people, mostly in the health care and high-tech industries.
El Al formerly has operate flights from Baltimore and Miami but later suspended them.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu