Flying From the U.S. to New Zealand Just Got A Lot Easier

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For the first time ever, Air New Zealand is launching a direct flight from New York City to Auckland. No more awkward layovers or meandering routes, just one very long haul. 

The first flight will launch on September 17, 2022, flying from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Auckland International Airport. The non-stop trip will take approximately 17 and a half hours, making it one of the longest flights in the world behind Singapore Airlines’ 18 hour and 40 minute New-York-to-Singapore route and Qatar Airways’ 18 hour Auckland-to-Doha route.

The flight will operate three times a week and will serve as Air New Zealand’s flagship route. 

“The U.S. has always been a key market for us, and this new route cements our commitment to growing opportunities for tourism between the two countries,” Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said in a news release. “In the six years leading up to COVID, the U.S. visitor numbers to New Zealand doubled so we expect our much-awaited non-stop service to be incredibly strong year-round.”

For the flights, the airline will be using Boeing 787 Dreamliners that include 215 economy seats, 27 business seats, 33 premium economy seats, and 13 economy skycouches—economy seats that can be turned into couches after takeoff.

Tickets for the flight are already on sale on Air New Zealand’s website.

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