American Airlines to fly to New Zealand

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker announces new service to Auckland and is welcomed to New Zealand by Prime Minister John Key and Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. American will fly to Auckland from its Los Angeles hub with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner beginning in June 2016.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will add new nonstop service between its trans-Pacific gateway hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Auckland Airport (AKL) in June 2016, pending regulatory approvals. The route to Auckland provides American’s customers direct access to a new destination and further strengthens the airline’s joint business with QANTAS Airways (Sydney). American has added six new trans-Pacific routes over the last three years, nearly doubling its presence in the region.

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The two CEOs met earlier in the day with New Zealand Prime Minster John Key to present details of American’s new service that is planned to operate on the following daily schedule starting in June 2016 (all times local):

Departs LAX at 10:45 p.m.
Arrives at AKL at 6:35 a.m., two days later

Departs AKL at 1:20 p.m.
Arrives at LAX at 6:30 a.m., same day

American plans to operate its new daily service between LAX and AKL with the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Photo: American Airlines.