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OctoberMost popular time to fly with an average 17% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

₪1,892(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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₪1,549or less

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₪2,186or less

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Top 5 airlines flying to Johannesburg OR Tambo

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8.3
Emirates
Overall score based on 15,472 reviews
8.3
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.0
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Yes comfortable flight"
Cons: "Toilets to be checked for cleanliness more frequently."

Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Love Emirates - would fly it everywhere if I could!"

Pros: "entertainment options"
Cons: "They ran out of chicken for the back part of the plane so we all had salmon"

Cons: "Flight lest 2 hours late. Didn’t have my choice of meal. Cabin crew very inattentive. Worst flight ever with Emirates in business class"

Pros: "Smooth flight"
Cons: "I wished I was in business class..."

Pros: "Great service and attitudes by staff."

Pros: "Direct flight"
Cons: "South African airlines allowed me to reserve a seat. But Emirates didn't have it in the system when I checked in."

Cons: "Because my husband and I couldn't complete the online check in, we ended up sitting on different ends of the plane."

Pros: "I love everything about Emirates."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Nice flight sttendents"
Cons: "Seats too small"

Pros: "Efficient and good actually good for airline food"
Cons: "Electronic equipment a bit out dated and below standard"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "If you want upgrade you should bay 2100 USD why it’s a upgrade not new ticket !!"

Pros: "Flight timing"
Cons: "Service"

Pros: "Almost everything"
Cons: "Not sure you can change anything but it seems as if we had an inordinate amount of crying kids. On a 14 hour flifht, that was hard"

Pros: "Very responsive and friendly crew"
Cons: "Would like to see more vegetarian options"

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "Children crying, screaming, kicking chair."

Pros: "The exit row due to my size good choice"

Cons: "About 30 of us waitined about 20 minutes for the bus to transfer from plane to terminal . I only had 35 minutes to get to my gate for my transfer to Glasgow . No chance for anything to eat . Not happy ."

Pros: "It wasn’t a full flight."
Cons: "The crew were too busy in their own world and attention during service was poor."

Pros: "Good leg room"
Cons: "For an 8 hour flight - we were given a sandwich and breakfast. Expected to be served dinner and breakfast given the time."

Cons: "Food did not meet the usually high standard associated with Emirates . The menu was bland and the main course was served cold."

Pros: "Crew was friendly, food was good and entertainment great. Space between front row seats in economy class was good."
Cons: "all good."

Pros: "The flight from Johannesburg to Dubai on an Airbus A380 was the best , the return was on the 777ER it's a bit older avoid it if you can, I prefer the a380 it's roomy, more comfortable and modern, the food was good, the cabin crew very helpful and friendly and both flights were on time. I'll be flying only Emirates from now on"
Cons: "Just the coffee was terrible lol,"

Cons: "Cabin crew were reluctant offering passengers liquids on board we had to go and find them to ask for either water or juice as it was a long Flight which took 15 Hours on Air"

Pros: "I liked the options for entertainment and comfort."
Cons: "Crew and Boarding crew were not at all respectful, they were very rude."

Cons: "Broken seat, little leg room...A380 is a much better plane than the airbus."

Pros: "E v e r y t h i n g ..... I understand now why they are the number ONE airlines in service. We travel enough to see the BIG difference. Thumbs up. Please don't change !!!!"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "They still catch my attention, and while traveling with them I continue to enjoy this airline."
Cons: "As per my Oslo - Dubai review (read there for more details), they cancelled my flight, put me on a flight a day later, and then left me with the bill and the inconvenience. This was the connector out of Dubai and back to Johannesburg. I've flown with them many times and I've picked up one or two small cut backs they've made like no hot towel when you get onboard, only before your arrival, and the meal seems a little more slimmed down (but still pretty tasty), They used have one or two extras which they've now taken away. Not sure why?"

Pros: "Same as above. If I make this trip again I would only fly Emirates. Have told everyone how wonderful my flights were."
Cons: "Same as above."

Cons: "Rude and racist cabin crew!"

Pros: "The crew member was excellent,she went all out to make my journey easy and comfortable.I have sent an email to her superior,please use her as an example.if all attendants can serve and see to passengers like her will be beneficial for emirates"

Pros: "Friendly staff awesome planes wonderful experince"
Cons: "Service was a bit slow. Drinks and food took quite sometime to arrive."

Pros: "It was a smooth flight"
Cons: "It was ok"

Pros: "The food was delicious, and I received the special meal I had requested with no problem. Again, great selection of TV shows and movies."
Cons: "The crew seemed a bit put off, just not very friendly. Maybe something had happened that put them all in a bad mood I'm not sure. Despite this they did help people without complaint, but you could tell they didn't want to be there. Again on this flight the TVs were an old model that was difficult to use, you had to push really hard and finagle your finger to get it to read what you were pressing."

Pros: "Very Friendly and smiley crew"
Cons: "Boarding announcement and system were unorganized"

Pros: "Great flight."

Pros: "Service, food and entertainment"

Pros: "New aircraft"

Pros: "Granted I was tired after being in transit for 24 hours, but this final of 4 long-haul flights was a real bummer compared to the other flights. Boeing 777 packed to 100% capacity."
Cons: "Really cramped and squished compared to other flights. Toilets at DXB were filthy (I searched around for the cleanest, which was still disgusting), with the cleaning attendant standing around in the restroom doing nothing. Duty Free shops really expensive compared to European airports. Meal on board (breakfast) was really terrible (and that taking into account that airline breakfast is always bad), really the worst I've ever had on a plane, even the Croissant was chewy and very dry. Emirates has become a massive sausage machine people-mover. It has loss its finesse and exceptional service."

Pros: "1. Check-in counter staff is nice 2. Entertainment systems are nice."
Cons: "1. Issue with crew, one of crew member forgot to serve food and after reminding they did not have vegetarian option hence have to stay without food, disappointed with kind of service even after booking ticket with competitive price and providing meal choice in advance. Somehow they managed a vegetarian meal but didn't provide any cutlery to eat which is highly unacceptable. Apologies don't serve any purpose if the passenger remains hungry just because of ignorant staff. 2. About entertainment option, less new bollywood movie choices"

Cons: "Can you enforce the team NOT to throw the luggage to keep on the belt(s) as you guys don't have to."

Pros: "everything from service, food, to entertainment. Keep up the good work."
Cons: "Seats were a bit small, if I had more room it will be perfect."

Pros: "The staff were wonderful and efficient. The toilets were clean and the food was much better than my first flight with emirates although the portions were small on the main meal with only four spinach ravioli offered in a tomato sauce."
Cons: "Passengers do not fit on to their seats and overflow into the space you are occupying which is so tiny as it is. There is not enough room to even reach down to pick something up if you drop it. Overhead lockers are full. I think planes either need to be redesigned with sleeping compartments (such as the second class compartments the trains have) for overnight flights or seats need to be slightly larger to make up for the fact most people are larger today."

Cons: "Had some problems with the touch screen entertainment system which meant I was somewhat limited in the program's I could view. Other passengers seemed to have a similar problem. Did not speak to crew member as i did not realize at the time that others had a problem. Thought it was just an issue for me."

Pros: "No lunch coupons or future flight discounts given"
Cons: "Unapologetic about causing so many subsequent delays"

Cons: "THe Hostess was not attentive and had to ask for things a few times. No goody basket was given although some pax did get it."

Pros: "Excellent airline"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Not receiving the benefits we were entitled to, even after wasting time with a supervisor who did absolutely nothing--not even an apology."

Pros: "Feel like reacist Company"
Cons: "I didnt like the treatment of the crew."

Pros: "Nice crew"
Cons: "Not loose my luggage:)"

Pros: "The seats were much more comfortable then my last flight. The entertainment system was also updated from the 1980’s remote and cord ones on my flight from DC to Paris."
Cons: "There was no food between the two meals on an 8 hour flight. I had a flight attendant rudely tell me that there is nothing to offer until the next meal. No one reached out to me about the horrible flight and comments I made from the last flight."

Cons: "Short and sweet"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "They have a terrible communication problem, they never communicated why the flight was late, they never communicated what they were doing or what was happening. Bad customer service. Bad communication with the client. They told us when I asked several times that we would not lose our connection and that everything was fine and that was not the case. We lost the connection. No one told us anything. Another problem was that the girl in the boarding process removed the suitcases tickets from the boarding pass and did not want to return them, and held it without any cause. Without that tickets we can not claim the bags. The flight staff went looking for us. Pretty sad and disappointed by their service. I understand that they were causes outside the airline but must communicate to the client. They cannot remain silent and say nothing."

Pros: "Nice and attentive crew."
Cons: "Seats not comfortable in premier economy."

Pros: "The entire experience was amazing that gives me a broader scope to choose from when selecting flights to Europe. The most amazing part was the attentiveness of the staff. Exemplary!!!!!"
Cons: "For me this part is not applicable"

Pros: "Not much, seats are super uncomfortable"
Cons: "Better code sharing with KLM"

Cons: "Entertainment worked sporadically"

Cons: "No entertainment facilities"

Pros: "Had decent room space seats comfortable"
Cons: "My luggage could have arrived for a start"

Pros: "The food selection and drinks, given our coach class, were excellent. Nice attention to the passengers."

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "Entertainment"

Pros: "The cue lines per zone are a brilliant idea!"

Cons: "The flight delayed for 2xhours from Paris to Cincinnati"

Pros: "Fantastic Crew!"
Cons: "Seats are comfortable but tight."

Pros: "Air France has the best crews! They really go the extra mile."
Cons: "My skis were lost on the way to Riga and had to be delivered 2 days later to Vilnius. That said, the situation was handled very professionally."

Pros: "The airplane"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Crew was friendly and attentive but hard to understand"
Cons: "Airport experience was inefficient. Long unattractive walk, boarding was tedious: the automatic check-in was not helpful and required so many more staff. Random security check was redundant and chaotic."

Pros: "On time, staff was nice."
Cons: "Not many options and not even a glass of champagne. That’s a minimal requirement. No sparkling water. Just very limited"

Cons: "Flight was delayed by at least an hour leaving Paris - a regular situation I experienced with AF."

Pros: "Leg space was great, food was delicious, alcohol served 3-4 times, and the in-flight entertainment was spectacular. I saw 4 movies and slept somewhat comfortably for once!"

Pros: "Everything"

Pros: ". Budget airline with no legroom or extras"
Cons: "See above. Nothing specific to like."

Cons: "No offer of snack with no egg in it."

Pros: "Plane was comfortable and new."
Cons: "Nothing really."

Pros: "Crew were pleasant most of the time"
Cons: "Boarding process is total chaos Took 40 mins to.check in at desk , pre ordered for wheelchair Never showed ...total zoo Beds advertised as lie flat bu they are NOT 180 degree flat , legs hang down - bad for circulation"

Pros: "Faster"
Cons: "Waited a while before take off."

Cons: "Screen broke half way through flight. Food was poor"

Pros: "Food and service was good and price was acceptable"
Cons: "Very long route"

Pros: "Nithing"
Cons: "They were unfreindly and rude."

Pros: "This is what happens when you get roped in by a low price."
Cons: "Disorganization which led to not being able to pre-purchase baggage. Then bad info at airport which led to multiple trips through security trying to make weight on a bag that should have been checked but was told didn't need to. Ended up missing flight, having to rebook at full fare and no one knows where the bag that was checked is. STAY AWAY!"

Pros: "None"
Cons: "The airlines didn’t even notify the passengers with the connecting flight. As the arrival was little late, all the passengers have missed their connection flights in Toronto and there was no notification or communication made on the new flight. When I went to the Air France counter in the airport, the staff has gone for the day and trying to get a hold of telephone rep took 2-3 hours and I by the time I found about my new connection, I was already late. Somehow I managed to get to the Terminal 1 and when I spoke to the lady (indian) at the Check-In counter, she has refused me to Check-In because i slipped the line up. The people in the lineup didn’t have any objection and they let me go first for Check-In as I’m already late to my flight. I wante to say something to her, but I’ve controlled my frustration. Luckily the other person in the Check-In counter offered to help me Check-In. Here is my word to the Indian lady staff “F**k You B***h” - learn some people skills."

Pros: "Whenever I travel air France I get a reminder of what customer service looks like on a flight. Incredible crew, great experience"

Pros: "Good service at gate and on board"

Pros: "Crew was nice and responsive"
Cons: "The overall experience is regular at best"

Pros: "Crew was welcoming"
Cons: "Space between the seats was too small."

Pros: "Short, lots of leg space"

Pros: "Personal treatment I have received as I was with a 7 months baby. An agent helps me to carry my hand luggages up to the plane entrance and to pass in priority"
Cons: "2 hours delayed..."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything. AF changed seats without authorization or notification, separating a mother from her 3 year old daughter. Their entire attitude was "nothing to be done, now board plane and leave" no compensation was offered, nothing done to remedy their mistake or rude behavior and treatment"

Pros: "Cheap aircraft, not even headsets"
Cons: "Dirty aircraft, I expect more when I pay a lot"

Pros: "Seat room was better on most economy flights. The food was good and the glass of champagne did not hurt at all. The aircraft flew very smoothly from takeoff to landing."

Cons: "Too crowded"

Cons: "The flight arrived late with no clear explanation as to why. Then there was no EU queue at immigration, so more time wasted."

Cons: "Meal choice missing kosher non-gluten combination."

Pros: "Food and service"
Cons: "Too many business class seats and the plane is so big it basically feels like flying on coach. You have two seats next to the window so it's exactly the same when trying to get up than in economy class with a passenger stuck next to you"

Pros: "cookies were great"
Cons: "we paid for two seats together (one aisle and one middle) an exit row with extra legroom from paris to LA. but when we got to Prague they had one of us in the middle seat in the exit row and the other in a completely different part of the plane, also a middle row. The folks in Prague couldn't fix this, they moved one ticket to a different exit row, not together, different part of the plane. In Paris, but ONLY after I located my receipt on my phone, they moved us to the seats we had paid for."

Pros: "Friendly crew; comfort; punctuation. Fast boarding"
Cons: "Simple food - very small amounts. No entertainment."

Pros: "Although plane was full staff moved us through quickly"

Pros: "Boarding efficient, Air France flight to Paris was brief and pleasant."
Cons: "Seat a bit uncomfortable"

"Friendly check in and smooth all the way"

Cons: "The food was very poor and tasteless , too much bread and it was cold. The choices of movies was poor."

Pros: "the business class seat setting of the new dreamliner the plane is brand new flight schedule was ok"
Cons: "crew must be better trained quality of food should be improved entertainment system should have richer content"

Cons: "It would be best if I wasn't losing my luggage regularly in this route"

Pros: "Punctual"
Cons: "Aircraft"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Egypt air is one of the worst airlines in the world so everything could have been better. Literally everything"

Pros: "I didn’t like anything. Very unfriendly flight attendants. Late departure"

Cons: "Great"

Cons: "Very bad experience. Delay and lost a bag"

Pros: "Great flying experience"

Pros: "Very good and helpful crew. I would have loved to see seafood on their Manu."
Cons: "communication while waiting for transfer to overnight accommodation/hotel need serious improvement."

Pros: "Need to upgrade seat and movies"
Cons: "Meals and toiletries"

Cons: "Not to sit in the midddle seat."

Cons: "Transit to jeddah is a nightmare"

Cons: "Transit to jeddah in Cairo is a nightmare. Even if business flight"

Cons: "The plane was old, we boarded late, a guy lit up a cigarette enroute - and I think it may have been a flight attendant - seats are tiny and don’t incline more than 15%, awful food."

Pros: "Food was good."
Cons: "The plane was old, the seats were uncomfortable with no adjustable headrest or flaps to hold your head from flopping. There was no personal entertainment screens on the back of the seats, only the small community one mounted on the roof. The sound for this was terribly unclear. 8 hour boring flight."

Pros: "I didn’t like anything about this airline !! the staff looks miserable I was delayed on all three of my flights! also my luggage was broken by egypt air baggage department"
Cons: "EVERYTHING ! this was the worst airline I have ever flow !"

Pros: "Quick check in"
Cons: "Chairs legs do not extend enough"

Pros: "It was ok"
Cons: "It was ok"

Pros: "The seat was comfortable the boarding crew was so helpful"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Good price. Direct flight. Decent food."
Cons: "Offer more frequent complimentary drinks. Staff talking too loudly at back of plane while passengers trying to sleep."

Pros: "Excellent flight, on time, good crew."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Everything"

Pros: "Respectful, cheerful, and helpful crew members"
Cons: "Food quality on Both flights was not that fresh!"

Pros: "Good seats reasonable service and chk in was easy , food is excellent."
Cons: "Very noisy ."

Cons: "Everything is bad, food is horrible, tea is cold, AC is not cold and not serving even water for 2 hours since the take off. When arrived we got transported to terminal in old bus after waiting long time for the bus to return from taking the first patch of passengers."

Pros: "People"
Cons: "none"

Pros: "Almost perfect"
Cons: "They didn't give me a travel kit."

Pros: "Comfortable plane, nice crew, movies."

Cons: "For this trip, there were no individual screens. All customers had to watch the same movies for a 5 hour trip."

Cons: "When I asked the flight attendant for an extra snack, he proceeded to tell me he had none left when I could look directly into the tray and see that there was more than enough. After calling him out on this, he complied."

Cons: "Please to repair your seat. Cannot be up right position while takr off or landing. Only recline position"

Pros: "Thanks EGYPTAIR"

Cons: "Check in employee playing games on his phone instead of talking to me"

Pros: "Crew was super nice and helpful. Flight schedule was on time."

Pros: "Inexpensive fair."
Cons: "Little interaction with crew"

Cons: "Flight attendant not asking what i'd want like everyone else. Because i look different?!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything very poor business class"

Pros: "We had a 10 hour lay-over in Cairo and EgyptAIr shuttled us to an excellent hotel and provided lunch and dinner - all for free. This was most excellent and so much more pleasant than sitting at the airport!"
Cons: "If EgyptAir would distribute a little English sheet how the steps are, where to get the passports back (at the EgyptAir Counter in the main hall at the airport), which lines to go to (we didn't officially immigrate, but still had to go through immigration upon return, which wasn't clear). Maybe a word on legal boundaries of the status in Egypt - EgyptAir had the passport, can we go to the pyramids or not - would be useful, too."

Pros: "Good food selection, Good entertainment selection. Arrived on time."
Cons: "Lack of attention of flight attendants. Children running around without parental supervision and flight attendants ignoring this for 12 hours is irritating. Garbage all over the plane during the flight, mostly due to passengers. Having to x-ray your bags 5times, and stopped 8times to check my ticket before boarding."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Delay 2 hours"

Cons: "Lots of security checks with no solid standards"

Pros: "Provided lunch on an 1.5 hr flight! I thought that was awesome."
Cons: "No complaints!"

Cons: "Sat on hot plane Cairo to Amsterdam waiting for take off"

Pros: "Comfortable red-eye flight to Johannesburg. Food very good and plentiful. Plane spacious and not crammed."

Pros: "Great hotel voucher program, helpful staff, overall wonderful travel experience"

Pros: "In-seat entertainment; very little turbulence experienced"
Cons: "Delayed take-off by more than half an hour"

Pros: "I had checked in online and went to drop my check in bags at the counter. There was no baggage drop line - only economy and business class. I went to business class and said that I had checked in online and want to drop my bags and they gladly accepted it"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Crew abs entertainment were good."
Cons: "The flight was delayed for 10 hours. We were notified when we were already at the airport, no real reason for the delay was given to us."

Pros: "Crew was awesome food was delicious and very comfortable"
Cons: "The options for movies could be a little bit better internet didn’t work"

Cons: "JFK baggage claim long delay"

Pros: "Everything was excellent but not enough legroom. That is all airlines. Not just El Al. Unfortunate that a 6'1" man has to be punished for being tall."

Cons: "Service and amenities very poor."

Cons: "Get more check on agents. Be more efficient with the upgrade bid eponse. Don’t be late!"

Pros: "Pleasant crew. Comfortable seats Very nice food. Premium economy definitely worth it."

Pros: "Nice crow"

Cons: "Did not actively watch the movie that was offered, but it seemed awful."

Cons: "Food, WiFi on airplane."

Pros: "WiFi on flight"

Pros: "nice plane, cheery staff"
Cons: "Flight was 40 minutes late"

Pros: "the crew was very helpful and the new plane was great."
Cons: "There should be more movie options, as well as TV programs."

Pros: "Crew was unusually helpful and nice. There were 2 plain clothes air marshalls on the flight. Made me feel much more secure than any other airline."
Cons: "My new Samsung Note 8 wouldn't charge on the old El Al planes. Either with 110 or 220 adapters."

Pros: "Nothing to get imprese"
Cons: "Good attention, standard flight"

Pros: "Clean airport and airline. I was on the new Dreamliner. Book business you don’t want to be in the back."
Cons: "For obvious reasons security is tight. However, they do not warn you sufficiently about the screening and security process. It took 2 hours alone to get through security and it was a light crowd. I can only imagine if it was packed or during major EU or Israeli holiday. They try to move people fast but security folks are all very young so they require a lot of supervision and need oversight so they stop and go for questions with trained team members."

Cons: "he chairs wasn’t that comfortable Old airplane Very noisy"

Pros: "Very smooth flight - left on time, landed early. Food was good, crew very helpful."
Cons: "I don't think the seats could get more cramped if they tried. When the person in front of me reclined all the way (which is to be expected in an overnight flight) I could barely get out of my seat - and the large person next to me was literally trapped. Entertainment system is mediocre at best - the movies are always different from what's listed, but there's generally enough of a choice. Sound isn't very good, tho."

Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "The food quality"

Pros: "I liked the landing that put me out from my misery of the awful experience"
Cons: "I will never fly with them again , 2 hours of security at 5 AM in israel ! And 2 and half hours of screening us in italy just because im a Jew and my wife is not , theu seperetaed us and ask us question to proof our 7 years of marriage for an hour and a half ! Then open our bags , and went throw item item for another hour , touching our underwear and dildos infront of everyone in the airport, hello!!!! Humiliation!!!! "Lucky" we came 3 hours before our flight , obvieslly had no time to shop at duty free. The food (blinches if you can call it food) was descusting! Nasty , took 1 bite and it was nasty , The airplain was old and was playing 1 movie in Hebrew, what the hell !!!"

Pros: "Very friendly crew"
Cons: "Quality of entertainment system - it's time to upgrade it!"

Pros: "The crew were fabulous."
Cons: "I saw a movie on my tablet, why no individual screens? Immigration took almost an hour. Rome airport sucks and is ugly, so is the train station there."

Pros: "Israeli jewish airline"
Cons: "Safety movie didn/t work properly and we taxi back to the gate."

Cons: "They did not let my dougther get in to the plan because they said she did not had ticket to come back and she did had for aug 10 She lost the flight and force us to buy a new one for Sunday"

Cons: "Took 747 for 12 hour flight No wifi or anthing resembling a first run movie, There was essentially 4 options, the best were old tapes of Modern Family TV show. All of this was on a screen the same size as my cell phone Forgot to mention this was on a personally paid business flight. No way ever fly this airline"

Pros: "The crew is nice."
Cons: "Yet again the plane was old and uncomfortable. I am fed up with paying full price and getting a plane that has an entertainment system that is falling apart and seats where you feel like you are sitting on top of the other passengers."

Pros: "On time fabulous service great processes"
Cons: "Should serve beer"

Cons: "Horrible flight. Horrible service. Horrible food. Plane is old, no entertainment, service is poor, airline is cheap. Can't even get water with meal!"

Cons: "El Al has a draconian carry on limit of 8 KG, which they enforce strictly. The also do not allow a personal item in addition to the carry on. This is extremely inadequate and will prevent me from flying El Al in the future."

Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "the bed Attitude from the check in desk never again with EL AL UP"

Pros: "The crew was friendly and the fly was on time"
Cons: "I am nearly 2 meters tall and El Al, unlike Lufthansa and other European carriers, accommodate, not punish me for being tall."

Pros: "Security is top notch. The ones questioning you never take their eyes off of you. They are expertly trained to find terrorists. They do what they have to to keep you safe. They board early in order to leave on time. Staff was very attentive."
Cons: "The handle on my aisle is supposed to lift out, but had been damaged, and I could not lift it. Somebody before me yanked out the TV controller from it's wire and it was not fixed.."

Pros: "The safety aspect of flying on EL AL"
Cons: "Plane was crowded and crammed. Old. Crew was less than helpful and for the most part ignored passengers or was unfriendly. Food was lackluster. Entertainment was poor and the screen was small and in poor maintenance."

Cons: "The check-in line and counters were not divided by flights, it was chaotic, and I almost missed my flight. The crowd was disrespectful and the staff not helpful. Only when it was clear that people would miss their flights, did a staff member help them to get through. I almost missed my flight, and had an unpleasant experience. I will make every effort to avoid flying with El Al"

Pros: "I dont normally complain and almost never give a negative review but to many things went wrong on my round trip flying elal. Firstly i took a backrow seat hopeing for some more space unfortunately the way the plain was set up there was an obstical behind my chair and i could recline there was no leg room and the seat was dirty i fell asleep and missed all the meals and the screen on my chair was broken so no entertainment. On the flight back i made sure to get a exit seat but i was aganist the window and the bottem of the plane door gave me less room than a normal seat the tray is stowed one the side of the seat and it was in a filthy compartments sorry guys i dont ever want to fly with you guys again 9 hours of this was just to much."

Pros: "The food was very good. The seating in coach was fair."
Cons: "It is a nuisance having to take a shuttle bus from the terminal to the plane and climbing stairs carrying carry on luggage to board."

Pros: "The seats are all worn out... we had special food ordered. On the way there it was messed up. On the was back they didn't give it to me all together."

Cons: "El al went on strike-I would like a full refund"

Pros: "In flight crew are great"
Cons: "Cramped"

Pros: "Boarding"
Cons: "The light was out at my seat, & I couldn't read, & the staff said they couldn't fix it. There was no menu for the tv, & the majority of the movies were in French with Hebrew subtitles, unwatchable for this English-only person. This was a 15 hour flight. They fed us a tiny tasteless breakfast as soon as we got on & brought nothing around for seven hours! Just before they served dinner, I walked back to ask when they were serving & found they had tuna sandwiches in the galley, However, THEY NEVER TOLD ANYONE ABOUT IT!!! I fly to Israel twice a year, & this was my first unpleasant trip with El-Al. I think I deserve compensation. Thank you. Harriet"

Pros: "Food was okay; make any diet"
Cons: "The worst part of this whole ordeal is that we paid for an El Al flight but were serviced by a completely different airline; very disappointing and deceptive. The airline "Prestige operated our flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv. The air plane and the crew were NOT el Al. The airline Prestige had an older aircraft with no TVs, entertainment for kids, the crew was not El Al for an overseas transatlantic flight VERY poor...on the return flight from Tel Aviv the same airline and aircraft operated by Prestige airlines was utilized and this time the ordeal turned into a nightmare. During take off from Tel Aviv as the plane was gaining speed to go into the air one of the tires blew and we almost had a catastrophe on the runway. We were on the runway for 2 hours and then deboarded; waited in TLV airport for 8 hours before taking flight on an actual El Al plane. The point that needs to be made is to verify that you are taking an actual EL Al plane NOT a partner airline....the airplanes on an actual El AL fight are accommodating and offer good service, food and entertainment (which is much needed on a transatlantic flight; especially if traveling with children)."

Cons: "No TV for 14 hour flight!"

Pros: "One of the movies was Captain America: Civil War. The food wasn't bad either, and the flight attendant gave me apple juice when I went to ask for it mid-flight."
Cons: "No choice of movies, i.e. no proper entertainment system. The movies/shows El Al chose for the different channels weren't horrible, but nothing compared to the choices most airlines give nowadays, and more importantly, with El Al it's not possible to control the timing of the movies, nor choose from a library, and that's much, much worse."

Pros: "I like the safety procedures that were performed before boarding the plane. I feel safe on el al. The boarding was on time. The 777 was MUCH better than the plane on which we flew to tel Aviv. That was flight 28. We were dreading getting on the flight home, but this was much better."
Cons: "The seats do not give enough leg room. I'm only 5' 3". I actually have leg discomfort even now, almost 24 hours after the flight. also, the hot meals are okay, but the cold meals are not very good. My whole family left most of that meal on their trays. the flight on the way to tel Aviv, flight 28 was poor in every category. So at least, this flight number 27 was better."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "3 hours delay"

Cons: "El Al is the main airline at TLV airport, yet the line for check-in for them is the worst-organized line i have ever witnessed. They should do what every other airline is doing to improve queues, instead of abandoning passengers to a chaotic process."

Pros: "And it caused me to miss my connection. El al refused to take responsibility and I was on stand by for hours"
Cons: "They should take care of the people"

Cons: "Elal changed the airplane to a tiny plane run by some charter company. The seats were tiny. No legs pace and the next passenger had half his body on me. El-Al is complete disgrace and I hope never to fly with them again, which is a shame, since I am from Israel. In any case, I paid full price, and received something worse than I would expect from any low-cost company. El-Al should be ashamed."

Cons: "Due to a technical problem the flight was postponed by 3.5 hours"

Pros: "Flight was good, El Al at the check in should see when you guys book two ticket under my name.. How come?? Same name, same flight, same date, same credit crad, same date of birth...?? In professional"
Cons: "You book me twice and you charge me twice because arro...how could you book me twice for the same flight...and you charged me twice!!! You are a scam and I will not use your service!!!"

Pros: "i could not contact momodo not in e-mail, telephone or chat momodo was real bad with solving problems and i will not recommend you with any way"

Pros: "When we were unable to travel due to Corona Virus restrictions, Ethiopian gave us a full refund even though we had a non-refundable ticket, and they were lovely about it when they did it. A+, hope I'll get a chance to actually fly with them soon."

Cons: "Good crew"

Pros: "Large space"
Cons: "Bording"

Cons: "Old aircraft, rickety seats"

Pros: "seat not comfortable"
Cons: "more drinks along the way"

Pros: "Crew is friendly."
Cons: "The plane is old, tatty and dirty. There is no entertainment. The airport transfer is very very shoddy."

Pros: "Very conformable and quiet."
Cons: "Nothing very nice flight."

Pros: "Same as above."
Cons: "Staff needs to be briefed on what an insulin pump is."

Pros: "Flight time changed without notice. Delays in Medinah caused us to miss our connecting flight to Johannesburg. Really poor communication. No agents would take calls in Jeddah. Really terrible service. Would avoid using this airline at all cost. Not the first time I've been delayed by them"
Cons: "Flight time changed without notice. Delays in Medinah caused us to miss our connecting flight to Johannesburg. Really poor communication. No agents would take calls in Jeddah. Really terrible service. Would avoid using this airline at all cost. Not the first time I've been delayed by them"

Pros: "I received flying miles for this flight, well actually I really tried to find something positive to say"
Cons: "spent 19+ hrs in the airport in Addis Abeba, when I was supposed to be transferred to a hotel, needless to say, the airport at night is not the best place a woman would like to spend her time."

Cons: "Cabin crew quite distracted. Between rows 19-23, orders were totally mixed up People given wrong food or drinks"

Cons: "old, uncomfortable plane with no entertainment system. miserable experience"

Pros: "New plane fantastic cabin"
Cons: "There was a fight but nothibg to do with the flight crew just some passenger with mental issues"

Cons: "They didn’t announce when boarding started/what zones were to go."

Cons: "The whole thing was a disaster. I lost my connection flight due to incompetence from the Ethiopian airlines representative"

Pros: "It is an African airline so I am doing my best to support it. I am grateful I was allocated to a hotel for my long layover"
Cons: "I had a long layover in Addis and the hotel I was allocated to could improve its service. I was expected to be served breakfast in the morning. My flight was at 820 am There could be some improvement on food"

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "Checking in was poor. The booking didn't reflect in jhb or in two Aviv. Special meal was requested and not provided."

Cons: "we booked this flight because it was the shortest. However, we received an email a few days ago saying that the flight on the way back changed and the layover has increased from 2h to almost 7h! this is very upsetting since Im pregnant and the bring such a ling time at the Addis airport really ruined my flight experience"

Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "comfort of the seats. the made the flight early to 0730 am and still serving lunch at 0830 in the morning. All was bad"

Cons: "No kosher food eventhogh we asked for it"

Pros: "The flight crew was pleasant and helpful"
Cons: "Being woken up throughout the night for food. The overhead screens were on all night which made it difficult to rest."

Cons: "flight was 6 hours delayed"

Pros: "Served dinner"
Cons: "the seats however were quite tight and there was no electrical plug for charging."

Pros: "The staff assistance Kosher food was great"
Cons: "Overhead baggage compartment was taken over by cups and stuff"

Pros: "Everything Kosher food was excellent"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The crew where very pleasant, The service on the plane was good you had a choice of what meal you would like to have you also had a choice of any movie or entertainment that you would like to see or play there was more leg space and much more comfortable seating"
Cons: "I can’t fault anything on this flight."

Pros: "The crew where very pleasant & the service on the plane was good"
Cons: "A small plane and not enough leg space, you could not choose your on movie, didn’t have much choice of the meal that was served"

Pros: "The friendliness and willingness to assist passengers when they notice one facing a challenge"
Cons: "The chairs in economy do not give sufficient leg room especially for tall persons, this would present a challenge on long haul"

Cons: "My phone was stolen on airport premises"

Pros: "The worst airline company I've ever used"

Pros: "the air craft was very good and the comfort is good no complain..."
Cons: "i did'n't like some of the cabin crew the way they are ....and am very disappointed from kinshasa to my check in i did ask a lady about my bag, she told me i will get my bag to cape straight, and i did ask her two times about the bag, she keep saying the same thing i will get my bag to cape town, so until now i haven't find my bag yet, the number they gave me from the airport no body pic up the phone, so i don't know what i can i do to get my bag......if you can hep me in this mater please contact me on my email or on my cell number 0027 78 470 6195. thank you your best regards."

Cons: "Old plane Left 1 hr late No entertainment Adis is an old filthy airport"

Cons: "There was a deley of 3 and a half h"

Pros: "Great crew, decent food"

Cons: "Airport in ADS was very basic. Was hard to find a descent toilet"

Pros: "Comfortable flight, pleasant airline attendants."
Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything. I have written to customerrelations@ethiopianairlines.com"

Pros: "Very helpful, attentive and kind cabin staff."
Cons: "Somewhat dirty ( and smelly ) aircraft even though they are a very new fleet. Some seats had strange patches and stains. Overall cabin experience can be improved in terms of hygiene and food quality ( food was mediocre or slightly worse). Seat ahead reclines almost too much into personal space in the new 787 aircraft. The LCD displays don't pivot so it's virtually impossible to view the entertainment when the occupant of the seat in front fully reclines ( a somewhat irritating issue on a long flight )"

Pros: "Excellent pre-boarding service to get aisle seats. Comfortable on time flights. Pleasant service."
Cons: "Bad service and follow through when luggage lost. Promised it would arrive that afternoon and given a tel number to call. Advised that I could not claim expenses for toiletries, basic necesssities. 1. Luggage did NOT arrive that afternoon 2. No reply to tel calls or got an automatic answering service. 3. No follow through to emails 4. Persistent phone calls at last elicited a response that luggage would arrive next morning - but unable to give a time 5. Luggage arrived late afternoon i.e. 2 full days later 6. I will put in a claim for toiletries, underwear, socks + taxi to get to shops"

Pros: "When I originally booked this trip it was with one connection and a 16 hour commute time. They added legs to my trip which significantly increased travel time. I tried to cancel my flight because I booked the flight with the necessity of arriving by specific days and times and they insisted on charging me for it so I just forfeited my seat and trip all together. There's nothing good to say about Ethiopian airlines."
Cons: "They are very unprofessional and unhelpful and I'll never book them again."

Pros: "The flight was smooth and the crew courteous. In fact the passengers all applauded when we landed."
Cons: "To reach Addis Abba/Arusha from the west coast of the US by Ethiopian Air, one must go through Dublin. I wish there was a Seattle to Addis Abba choice."

Pros: "aircraft was nice and well kept, and crew friendly."
Cons: "too many announcements on PA (information could have been summarized and delivered in the beginning, so that those who prefer to sleep can)."

Cons: "Seats were dirty"

Cons: "Same as above"

Pros: "The crew very kind and made me feel comfortable"
Cons: "Old 767, with not comfortable set up and no individual TV set."

Pros: "Boarding at the gate was atrocious. Very slow and not organized and we left late because of that. The crew was very nice. Food was good. Entertainment was ok. Movies were old and could have been up to date not enough bathrooms per amount of people on board (relative to other aircrafts)."

Pros: "The service onboard was excellent!"
Cons: "The food was almost edible, but i stil ate it because i was hungry. The fish was not even real, just some sort of fishmeal,"

Pros: "The best flight ever and the crew is super cool"

Pros: "Staff were pleasant"
Cons: "One segment of my flight did not have the gluten free meal I had requested ahead of time. Super crowded."

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