Qantas who? Air New Zealand announces direct flights to New York from 2020

Update 24/10/2019: Air New Zealand has announced the inaugural flight will be Auckland to Newark on 29th October 2020. The schedule is as follows:

Flight: Operated by: Aircraft type: Departs: Arrives: Frequency:
NZ2Air NZ787-9 Dreamliner Auckland 19:55New York 17:35 Mon, Thur, Sat
NZ1Air NZ 787-9 Dreamliner New York 19:05 Auckland 06:45 + 2 Mon, Thur, Sat

Air New Zealand has announced that it will launch a non-stop service between Auckland and New York using its latest configuration Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

The announcement comes just days after Qantas completed a much-hyped New York to Sydney ‘research flight’ with a view to commencing a direct service to the Big Apple from 2022.

The flight schedule

Air New Zealand will fly between Auckland and its alliance partner United Airlines’ New York hub Newark Liberty International Airport three times weekly, year-round.

At a flight time of 15hr 40m northbound and 17hr 40m southbound, the 14,178 kilometre route will be Air New Zealand’s longest and the fifth longest in the world by distance.

The aircraft

Air New Zealand’s 787-9 ‘Code 2’ aircraft features a 275-seat configuration with a higher proportion of Business Premier and Premium Economy seating than other variants of the Dreamliner.

premium economy cabin air new zealand
Air New Zealand Dreamliner premium economy

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Air New Zealand Dreamliner business class

Tickets for Air New Zealand’s New York service will go on sale soon, subject to regulatory approvals and landing slot confirmation.

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.

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2 thoughts on “Qantas who? Air New Zealand announces direct flights to New York from 2020”

  1. Do you know when the New York flights are scheduled to start? I need to book a trip to NYC in May and wondering if this might be an available option.

    1. Hi Barbara, the flights are scheduled to start in October 2020, so unfortunately they won’t be available for your upcoming trip. Cheers, Adele

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