Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight from Auckland to Newark Liberty International Airport will take off on Oct. 29, 2020, becoming the first ever non-stop service between New Zealand and New York.
The new service deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines and follows Air New Zealand’s successful launch of non-stop flights to United’s hub in Chicago in November 2018.
Air New Zealand will fly the route three times weekly, year-round, under its flagship flight numbers NZ1 southbound and NZ2 northbound. The service will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in its latest, premium-focused configuration.
From its East Coast gateway at Newark, United operates more than 400 daily flights across the United States. The new service between Auckland and Newark will provide customers with convenient onward connections to more than 90 destinations across the US.
“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,” says 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.”
Air New Zealand’s new flights to New York go on sale in November. Flight time is expected to be 15 hours, 40 minutes northbound and 17 hours, 40 minutes southbound.