United Airlines has launched nonstop flights
between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand.
United will operate Boeing 787-8 aircraft
on the San Francisco - Auckland.
United Flight 917 will depart San Francisco at
22:45 three times weekly, arriving at Auckland International
Airport at 06:55 two days later due to time zone differences (all
On the return, Flight 916 will depart
Auckland at 13:20 daily, arriving at San Francisco International
Airport at 06:40 the same day.
Flying times will be approximately 13 hours
westbound and 12 hours, 20 minutes eastbound.
United’s inaugural service to Auckland marks the
official start of the airline’s joint venture agreement with Air
New Zealand. The carriers are deepening their existing Star
Alliance relationship by offering customers more choice and
convenience when booking travel between the United States and New
Zealand and beyond.
“Our new joint venture with Air New Zealand
allows both airlines to optimize our trans-Pacific schedules and
offer customers more choice and convenience when traveling between
the U.S. and New Zealand," said Jim Compton, United's vice
chairman and chief revenue officer. "Our customers wanted new ways
to access New Zealand and destinations beyond and our relationship
with Air New Zealand allows customers to plan seamless travel
throughout the South Pacific.”
United’s joint venture partner Air New Zealand
operates a daily service between San Francisco and Auckland,
departing San Francisco at 21:45 and arriving in Auckland at 05:35
two days later due to time differences. The return flight departs
Auckland at 19:45 and arrives in San Francisco at 12:45 the same
Auckland is known as the City of Sails and there
couldn’t be a more appropriate nickname. The vibrant and modern
city is situated on both the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean,
nestled by harbors on the glimmering blue waters. The surrounding
areas are ripe with natural beauty, from sandy beaches to
snow-covered mountain peaks. New Zealand’s many hiking trails,
waterways and picturesque forests offer adventurers and outdoor
enthusiasts the perfect getaway.
"We know that New Zealand is a popular
destination for American travelers,” said Air New Zealand’s Chief
Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace. “By working more closely
with such a strong carrier like United Airlines, we look forward
to welcoming even more American visitors to enjoy our unique Kiwi
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