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American Airlines aircraft in flight, July 2013

American Airlines has announced that next year it will launch a new direct flight between Dallas, Texas and Tel Aviv, according to a report published Thursday by the Hebrew-language 0404 military website. The airline will begin operating the new route three times a week, flying the Dreamliner aircraft, on September 9, 2020.

Flight time between Texas and Israel is expected to take 12 hours and 15 minutes. Dallas Airport is also expected to serve as a hub for connecting flights to other destinations, such as Mexico, Louisiana, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California and more.

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“Along with the Open Skies revolution that began under my tenure as Transportation Minister, the Foreign Ministry is involved in the opening of new aviation routes as part of the economic diplomacy initiative at the core of the ministry’s activities,” said Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz.

“This initiative helps strengthen Israel’s economic relations with the nations of the world,” Katz added.

“A direct flight between Israel and Texas will not only bring a significant closing of the distance between our two states, but will also strengthen the two economies and deepen Israeli-Texas relations in a variety of other areas, such as hi-tech, medicine, academia and more,” Israeli Consul-General of Houston, Gilad Katz noted.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.