LONDON — United Airlines has announced that they are to launch services to Tel Aviv from Washington Dulles International Airport from May 22 next year.

The carrier is using this route to celebrate their 20th year of operations into Israel and will be the first U.S carrier to operate between the two cities.

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“As we begin celebrating 20 years of service in Israel, we want to thank our customers and employees who have helped make United the top U.S. airline serving Israel,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network.

“We look forward to continuing to serve Israel with this new service for our customers traveling between the U.S. capital and one of the most advanced science and technology sectors in the world,” concluded Quayle.

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“Today’s announcement is a wonderful way to celebrate United’s 20-year history in Israel and opens many more opportunities for both countries to continue to build strong relationships while growing business and expanding tourism,” said Yariv Levin, Israel’s Minister of Tourism

United does currently operate flights to Tel Aviv from New York’s Newark as well as San Francisco.

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Passengers from Tel Aviv that land into D.C will benefit from nearly 70 connection points alone from that airport. Tel Aviv will join the Dulles family that has been in existence since 1986 and will join one of 230 daily flights that United offers from the airport alone.

UA72 will depart Dulles at 2230 local and arrive into Tel Aviv at 1630 local the next day on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays using their Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

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The aircraft will then depart Tel Aviv at 1220 local the next day and arrive into Dulles at 0550 local on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays respectively.

These flights are set to benefit the local economy with the Virginia Fairfax County Economic Development Authority announcing nearly 1,000 new jobs to the area due to their many direct business ties with Israel in the technology, biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and defense industries overall.

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United has served Israel since August 1999 between New York and Tel Aviv which began on a daily service before they increased the rotations to two daily flights in 2004.

Due to growing demand on that route, United became the first American carrier to operate nonstop services between San Francisco and Tel Aviv in March 2016, operating three flights per week with a 787-9 Dreamliner.

October 2016 saw them increasing services to Daily and then began operating the 777-300ER on that route from San Francisco seasonally and New York Newark year-round.