Air New Zealand to launch first-ever New York–Auckland non-stop service

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The carrier has partnered up with United Airlines to cut the travel time between the US East Coast and New Zealand by 3 hours

Traveling from New Zealand to the East coast of the United States will be much faster as Air New Zealand and United Airlines have announced a new time-saving route. In October 2020, Air New Zealand will launch a non-stop service from Auckland to New York/Newark. 

The new year-round service will operate three-times weekly and the airline will use its newly configurated Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for the route. Flight time will be approximately 17 hours and 40 minutes southbound and 15 hours 40 minutes northbound.


“Air New Zealand’s non-stop flight will cut travel time by around three hours, putting New Zealand in easy reach of New York and the East Coast United States,” said Jeff McDowall, Air New Zealand’s acting chief executive officer.

“It’s terrific we can make a seamless journey a reality for Kiwis wanting to experience New York and for US travelers who have added New Zealand to their bucket list and we look forward to partnering with United Airlines to grow travel in both directions.”

Air New Zealand codeshare will be offered on 90 United’s flights

With the partnership with United Airlines, Air New Zealand codeshare will be offered on 90 flights across the US for convenient connections to Auckland via New York/Newark. 


“United’s strong, strategic alliance partnership with Air New Zealand provides our customers with more options to travel between the United States and New Zealand than any other airline in the world and we are proud to partner on this first-ever non-stop service connecting New Zealand with our hub at Newark Liberty International Airport,” said John Gebo, United’s senior vice president of alliances. 

United Airlines operates more flights from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport than any other airline, with more than 400 flights in the US and around the world.