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.
"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
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
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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