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United Airlines and Air New Zealand Partner for Nonstop Service Between EWR and AKL

The new service between Newark and Auckland will be the first time non-stop service has been able to operate between the two gateways

by Business Traveler

October 22, 2019

Air New Zealand and United Airlines are now partnering to offer the only nonstop service between New Zealand and the United States East Coast. The new route will launch a year from now. Air New Zealand will begin its thrice weekly new nonstop service between Auckland and New York/Newark, further strengthening the joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines.

In 2018, Air New Zealand and United Airlines announced new year-round nonstop Air New Zealand service between Chicago and Auckland.

The newly announced nonstop flight will cut travel time by around three hours, putting New Zealand in easy reach of New York and the East Coast United States, according to Air New Zealand’s acting CEO, Jeff McDowall. “It’s terrific we can make a seamless journey a reality for Kiwis wanting to experience New York and for U.S. 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 service between New York/Newark and Auckland

Air New Zealand will operate this year-round service with its newly configurated Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be approximately 17 hours and 40 minutes southbound and 15 hours 40 minutes northbound. An Air New Zealand code share reach will be offered on 90 Unites flights across the U.S. for convenient connections to Auckland via New York/Newark. United Airlines operates more flights from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport than any other airline, with more than 400 flights in the U.S. and around the world.

Since United and Air New Zealand began their alliance in 2016, the joint venture has opened up more travel options for U.S. and New Zealand travelers than ever before. Overall passenger volumes have grown as customers traveling from New Zealand to the U.S. connect to United’s broad domestic network through its hubs in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Air New Zealand’s new flights between New York/Newark and Auckland will be available for purchase beginning in November on The airline is a member of Star Alliance.