United Airlines and Air NewZealand Partnership unveils new route to Auckland

Beginning October 2020, Air New Zealand and United Airlines will offer the first, and, so far only nonstop flight between the East Coast of the The U.S. and New Zealand. This new nonstop service will be offered three times a week between Newark Airport and Auckland which, supports the joint venture between United and Air New Zealand. Previously, in 2018, Air New Zealand and United announced a nonstop service between Chicago and Auckland. The three flights per week, year-round service, will be operated on a newly designed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane. The flight time will be approximately 17 hours and 40 minutes going southbound, and 15 hours and 40 minutes northbound. Jeff McDowall, Air New Zealand’s acting Chief Executive Officer, said, “Air New Zealand’s nonstop flight will cut travel time by around three hours, putting New Zealand in easy reach of New York and the East Coast United States … It’s terrific we can make a seamless journey a reality for Kiwis wanting to experience New York and for U.S. travelers who have added New Zealand to their bucket list and we look forward to partnering with United Airlines to grow travel in both directions.”
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