Air New Zealand will launch nonstop flights between Auckland and New York next year in what the carrier calls a new era for the airline.
Utilising its latest configuration B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, Air NZ will commence the three-times weekly service to Newark Liberty International Airport in October 2020.
To offset the new operation, the Kiwi carrier has also had to make the “difficult decision” to drop its daily Los Angeles-London service when the New York flights begin.
“Air New Zealand is strongest when operating direct flights to and from our home base and this reset will put us in the best possible position to take advantage of increasing demand across the Pacific Rim,” Air New Zealand acting CEO Jeff McDowall said.
“Visitor growth to New Zealand is strongest from North America and performance of our new service to Chicago is exceeding expectations.
“New York has been an aspiration for Air New Zealand for some time and withdrawal from the Atlantic will free up aircraft capacity to make this milestone a reality.”
The Dreamliner to be used on the NYC service will feature a 275-seat configuration with a higher proportion of Business Premier and Premium Economy seating.
Subject to regulatory approval, the NY flights will be Air NZ’s longest at 15 hours, 40 minutes eastwards.
Tickets for the service will go on sale soon.
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