United and Air New Zealand Launch Service Between New York and Aucklandby Daine Taylor /
United Airlines and Air New Zealand are teaming up to launch the only nonstop flight service between New Zealand and the U.S. East Coast. Air New Zealand announced a three-times-weekly service between New York/Newark and Auckland, to begin in October 2020.
"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," said Jeff McDowall, Air New Zealand's acting chief executive officer.
"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."
The year-round service will be flown on Air New Zealand’s newly configured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Tickets for the new service will be available for purchase beginning in November on united.com.