Israel's El Al will run a series of direct flights to Melbourne in April and May 2020 as a trial to assess demand on the new non-stop route.
The airline is now selling tickets on three 'test flights' between Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and Melbourne as part of evaluating a regular non-stop service.
The flights depart Tel Aviv on April 2, April 23 and May 14, with the return leg from Melbourne departing April 4, April 25 and May 16.
"As we continue to renew our fleet with Dreamliner aircraft, we are trialing additional unprecedented alternatives for expanding our route network and further connecting Israel with the Diaspora," said Michael Strassburger, El Al Vice President Commercial and Industry Affairs.
Melbourne vies with Sydney as home to Australia's largest Jewish populations, but El Al's flights will be the first direct link between the two countries.
The flights, which are estimated to take around 17 hours, will also rank among the world's longest, potentially surpassing Emirates' Dubai-Auckland marathon.
Inside El Al's Boeing 787 Dreamliner
El Al rely on its new Boeing 787-9 fleet to make the journey between Tel Aviv and Melbourne. London-based design firm PriestmanGoode helped shape the Dreamliners with new seats and cabins, along with an updated livery to better reflect the airline's flag-carrier status.
The 'Business First' cabin features 32 seats with direct aisle access, and follows a staggered 1-2-1 layout which is similar to that of United Airlines' latest Polaris product.
Each seat is 21" wide, and combines a clear sense of well-appointed personal space with handy shelves and stowage nooks.
The seats transform into a 78" fully-flat bed, with plenty of movies and TV shows piped through to the 16" HD video screen.
The business class cabin itself is finished in rich tones of champagne, chocolate and wood.
Behind this are 28 premium economy seats – a first for El Al – in a 2-3-2 arrangement of 38" pitch. The seats themselves are 19.4" wide, with 13" screens and a personal storage recess on the back of each seat.
The 222 standard economy seats (30-31" pitch, 17" width) include 12" screens plus AC and USB charging sockets.
This video from El Al showcases its Boeing 787 'Business First' experience.
While El Al doesn't belong to any of the major three airline alliances, its position as a Qantas partner means that El Al flights can be booked using Qantas Points, while El Al flights booked under a QF codeshare will earn a full serve of Qantas Points and status credits.