Air New Zealand today announced it will start a direct three times a week Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner route between Auckland and Chicago from 30 November this year.
Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound. Air New Zealand codeshare service will be offered on around 100 flights across the US for connections to Auckland via Chicago.
The new service announcement deepens the joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines.
Air New Zealand chief executive officer, Christopher Luxon said he expects the addition of Chicago to our network to be an “attractive option” for Americans keen to explore New Zealand and Kiwis wanting to visit Chicago or head on to other North American destinations.
In addition to the new route announcement, United announced it will extend its seasonal service between San Francisco and Auckland to a year-round three times a week service beginning April 2019.
The United service will operate with a Boeing 777-300ER between November and March and with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft between April and October.