Air New Zealand to fly nonstop to Newark from Auckland

Air New Zealand is accelerating its ambitions for North America and will launch a nonstop service between Auckland and Newark using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in October 2020.

To direct capacity to faster-growing markets, the airline has also made the difficult decision to withdraw from its daily Los Angeles-London service from October 2020.

Air New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Officer Jeff McDowall says while it’s hard to farewell such an iconic route, the airline must remain focused on markets with the greatest opportunity for long-term profitable growth.

Air New Zealand will fly between Auckland and its alliance partner United Airlines’ New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport three times weekly, year-round, using its latest configuration Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

London decision

Los Angeles-London has been a flagship route for Air New Zealand and an important link connecting New Zealand and Europe since its launch in 1982, however Mr McDowall says market dynamics have affected performance in recent years.

Mr McDowall says the hardest aspect of the decision is the impact on Air New Zealand’s people who’ve worked incredibly hard to build the route and to achieve the highest customer satisfaction levels across the airline’s international network.

Los Angeles-London will operate as scheduled until October 2020 and no tickets have been sold beyond this date. Air New Zealand has chosen to announce the withdrawal more than a year in advance to allow time to support its people and to avoid any impact to customers booked to travel.

Europe, including the UK, remains a significant sales region for Air New Zealand. Currently more than two thirds of revenue generated by its London team is unrelated to the Atlantic route and the airline will retain a sales, marketing and cargo presence in London to serve this important market, including after the cessation of its Los Angeles-London service.

United followed up with announcement:

Air New Zealandand United Airlines have announced the only nonstop service between New Zealand and the United States East Coast will begin in October 2020. Air New Zealand announced it will begin three-times weekly new nonstop service between Auckland and Newark, further strengthening the joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines.

In 2018, Air New Zealand and United Airlines announced new year-round nonstop Air New Zealand service between Chicago and Auckland.

Air New Zealand service between New York/Newark and Auckland

Air New Zealand will operate three times weekly, year-round service with its newly configurated Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be approximately 17 hours and 40 minutes southbound and 15 hours 40 minutes northbound.

Air New Zealand code share service will be offered on 90 flights across the U.S. for convenient connections to Auckland via Newark. United Airlines operates more flights from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport than any other airline, with more than 400 flights in the U.S. and around the world.

Since United and Air New Zealand began their alliance in 2016, the joint venture has opened up more travel options for U.S. and New Zealand travelers than ever before. Overall passenger volumes have grown as customers traveling from New Zealand to the U.S. connect to United’s broad domestic network through its hubs in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Air New Zealand’s new flights between New York/Newark and Auckland will be available for purchase beginning in November on united.com:

Flight No.

Operated by

Aircraft

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

NZ1

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner

New
York/Newark

19:05

Auckland

06:45+2 days

Mon,
Thurs, Sat

NZ2

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner

Auckland

19:55

New York/Newark

17:35

Mon,
Thurs, Sat

 Subject to Government Approval

The above timings are subject to change

 

 

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