Monday, August 27, 2007

The Flight

Let me start by saying that our ELAL plane was the coolest thing 37,000 feet up. It had seats that, when the seat backs leaned back, the seats shifted forward. There were also footrests that were adjustable. The luggage is stored in the overhead compartment doors which come down for easier access. The food trays were half the width (front to back) and adjustable.

The bathrooms were brand-new, the galleys were properly laid-out, and the premium sections were AMAZING!

The communal TV screens are hi-def wide-screens. The individual screens are also wide-screen and feature 12 movies that begin on demand. They can be paused, rewound, fast forwarded, and stopped mid-scene. The movies can be watched in at least 2 languages, and a few were child-appropriate. There are hundreds of song choices in every genre, including Jewish music. These can also be paused, rewound, fast forwarded, and stopped. There are a dozen games to play onscreen including backgammon, freecell, chess, tetris, and tennis. You can make world-wide phone calls for $2/minute (much like we used to from our home phones 20 years ago). You can call from seat to seat for free or play games with another passenger (although F and I had trouble getting this feature to work). In the corner of every screen, you can see the time at your destination and how much time until landing. Most of the time the pull-out phone/computer is used, but to get to the feature you want, it is a touch-screen.

Kept the kids (and me) busy for hours. Which is probably why we didn't sleep.


Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

You were on one of the new 787s?

August 27, 2007 10:39 AM  
Anonymous mort said...

Since when did you fly first-class?

August 27, 2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

Yes, one of the new ones. And Mort, this was all in economy!!

August 27, 2007 8:53 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...


August 28, 2007 7:44 AM  
Anonymous mort said...


August 28, 2007 4:53 PM  
Anonymous mort said...

Too bad they take dead bodies.

August 28, 2007 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given your name it sounds like the perfect airline for you, Mort.

August 29, 2007 2:32 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

There is a special compartment underneath that allows Cohanim to fly with the Metim the plane. my dad was just telling me about it. Check it out.

August 29, 2007 4:49 AM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Sounds nice.

August 30, 2007 11:54 AM  
Anonymous mort said...

Check out the translation of Mordechai in other languages. You cannot imagine the ribbing I have gotten from foreign nationals.

As the the Cohen compartment; some hold of it, some do not. Like kashrus, it has been recommended TO ME (not a p'sak for anyone else) to not fly El Al because of the bodies.

September 02, 2007 8:37 PM  

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