Some big aviation industry news dropped today.
Air New Zealand has announced it will begin flying direct from Auckland to New York on 17 September 2022, almost two years later than it originally planned, as a result of the pandemic.
Landing at New York’s JFK airport, the airline will operate its flagship route from Auckland three times a week, year-round.
It will deploy a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in a premium-focused configuration.
For Australians, this presents a new route option for travelling to the Big Apple, with potentially just one layover in Auckland.
Travellers will also be able to connect to United Airlines flights to elsewhere in the USA and Canada.
Flight NZ2 will depart Auckland on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7.40 pm, landing in New York at 7.55 pm (same day).
Flight NZ1 will depart New York also on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9.55 pm, landing in Auckland at 7.30 am two days later.
The flight time will be up to 17.5 hours.
The Dreamliner aircraft used on this route will feature fully-flat business class seats arranged in a 1-1-1 layout, premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 layout, and economy seats in a 3-3-3 layout, many of which can be turned into a “Skycouch”.
Tickets are now on sale.
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