Air New Zealand to fly nonstop to New York

Air New Zealand has announced its first, nonstop flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport.

Starting September 17, Air New Zealand will offer direct flights from New York to Auckland, celebrating the airline’s continued commitment to growth, with JFK being its seventh North American airport. This incredible aviation milestone will be the fourth longest flight in the world at 17 hours and 35 minutes.

Pertaining to COVID-19, in order to enter New Zealand:

  • All travelers entering New Zealand must be fully vaccinated in line with New Zealand government entry requirements.
  • A negative pre-departure test (PCR, LAMP or Rapid Antigen) in line with New Zealand government requirements is required for all travelers.
  • No compulsory requirement for all arriving travelers to either self-isolate or enter a government managed isolation hotel, i.e. all forms of isolation for arriving travelers (including foreign nationals) are removed at all border reopening steps except for unvaccinated New Zealand citizens and residents returning to the country.
  • All travelers will be provided with two rapid antigen tests at no charge on arrival at Auckland Airport which are self-administered after exit from the airport.
  • Travelers will be asked to undertake the first test on day of arrival and then a second test on day 5/6 after arrival, this can be done once travelers have left the airport e.g. at home or hotel.
  • Travelers who test positive via either of their arrival day or day 5/6 RAT test will be required to take PCR test to confirm positive status, if positive they will then be asked to self-isolate in line with the requirements that apply to all community COVID-19 cases in New Zealand.

Getting to New Zealand just got easier. Today, Air New Zealand has announced its first flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to New Zealand will be on 17 September this year.

Landing at Auckland International Airport, the airline will operate the new route three times a week, year-round with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The new service further deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines.

Departing New York at 9:55pm, customers will enjoy Air New Zealand’s award-winning cabin experience, and when they wake up they’ll be able to hit the ground running, heading off the beaten track and immersing themselves in everything New Zealand has to offer.

“Traditionally, flight numbers 1 and 2 are used for an airline’s flagship route. And that’s what New York will be – our flagship route. We’ve worked incredibly hard over the past few years to make this ultra-long-haul service a reality – it’s one of the longest routes in the world, at just over 16 hours northbound and 17 and a half hours southbound.”

There’s been a lot of thought put into the onboard experience and a particular focus on the sleep ritual for Premium customers, introducing relaxing balms and sleepy teas and snacks. For those needing help to unwind a little more, the airline will launch ‘Zentertainment’ on its inflight entertainment system to encourage a restful sleep. And before descent into Auckland, a brunch service including a classic Kiwi flat white coffee will be offered.

Through Air New Zealand’s strong partnership with United Airlines, domestic customers across the US can easily connect to New Zealand through New York as well as Air New Zealand’s other gateways.

The configuration of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will service this route offers more Premium seats than other Dreamliners in the airline’s fleet. The flight will offer 27 seats in Business, 33 in Premium Economy, 215 in Economy and 13 Economy Skycouches – innovative private Economy seats that convert into a couch after take-off so customers can spread out, lie down or snooze.

Inaugural outbound flight schedule – September 17 only:

Flight No. Operated by Aircraft type Departs Arrives Frequency
NZ2 Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland


New York



Flight schedule effective 19 September:

Flight No. Operated by Aircraft type Departs Arrives Frequency
NZ1 Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner New York



07:30 +2

Mon, Thu, Sat
NZ2 Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland


New York


Flights will arrive into and depart from Terminal 1 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Flights are subject to government and regulatory requirements.