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Thu, 24 Oct 2019

Air New Zealand to Launch Non-Stop Flights Between Auckland and New York, USA

Air New Zealand has unveiled plans to launch flights between Auckland and Newark Liberty International Airport in New York on 29 October 2020.

With a flight time of around 15 hours 40 minutes northbound and 17 hours 40 minutes southbound, the flights will be the first ever non-stop service between New Zealand and New York.

Air New Zealand will fly the route thrice weekly, year-round, under its flagship flight numbers NZ1 southbound and NZ2 northbound.

The service will be operated with 275-seat Boeing 787-9 'Code 2' Dreamliner aircraft.

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 reg: ZK-NZF. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

"Our non-stop flight will cut travel time by around three hours, putting New Zealand in easy reach of New York and the US Eastern Seaboard," said Air New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jeff McDowall. "It's terrific we can make a seamless journey a reality for Kiwis wanting to experience New York and Americans keen to explore New Zealand and we'll work with United to grow the route and visitor numbers in both directions."

Flight NZ2 is scheduled to depart from Auckland on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 19:55 and arrive at Newark at 17:35.

The return flight, NZ1, is timed to leave Newark at 19:05 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and arrive back in Auckland at 06:45 two days later (Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays).

Subject to final regulatory approvals and crewing agreements, Air New Zealand's flights to New York will go on sale in November 2019.

New York will be Air New Zealand's sixth US destination after Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Hawaii.

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