Air New Zealand has unveiled plans to launch
nonstop flights between Auckland and Chicago, beginning 30
The new service deepens the joint venture
relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. In
addition to the new route announcement, United will extend its
seasonal service between San Francisco and Auckland to year-round
beginning April 2019.
"We expect the addition of Chicago to our
network to be an attractive option for Americans keen to explore
New Zealand and Kiwis wanting to visit Chicago or head on to other
North American destinations," said Air New Zealand Chief Executive
Officer Christopher Luxon. "As well as being great for travelers,
this new route is also good news for New Zealand, as we expect it
to contribute around $70 million annually to our economy, and we
know that more than 50 percent of spending by U.S. visitors is
done outside of the main centers. We'll be working alongside our
colleagues at United Airlines to grow the route and visitor
numbers in both directions."
From 30 November 2018, Air New Zealand will operate
thrice weekly, year-round service with its new configuration
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be
approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours
Beginning in April 2019, United will extend
service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland
to year-round with a thrice weekly service. In partnership with
Air New Zealand, United's flight arriving in Auckland will offer
passengers more than 20 connections across the region.
United service between
San Francisco and Auckland will operate with a Boeing 777-300ER
between November and March and will operate with Boeing 777-200ER
aircraft between April and October.
Since United and Air
New Zealand began their alliance in 2016, the joint venture has
opened up more travel options for U.S. and New Zealand travelers
than ever before. Overall passenger volumes have grown as
customers traveling from New Zealand to the U.S. connect to
United's broad domestic network from its hubs in Houston, Los
Angeles and San Francisco.
"By adding Chicago to the Air
New Zealand route network, and with United's increased service
between San Francisco and Auckland, we are proud to offer our
customers more ways to get between the United States and New
Zealand and more connection opportunities in those cities than any
other airline in the world," said United's International Network
Vice President, Patrick Quayle.
Air New Zealand's new flights to Chicago are now
available on the airline's website and will be
available on Friday, 30 March 2018 on United's wesbite. Tickets for the expanded
San Francisco schedule will be available on the airline's websites later this year.
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