Breaking: Air New Zealand Announces New Chicago Route!

Air New Zealand today announced it will begin new nonstop service between Auckland and Chicago, beginning Nov. 30, 2018. The new service announcement is a result of the joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. In addition to the new route announcement, United announced it will extend its seasonal service between San Francisco and Auckland to year-round beginning April 2019.

“We expect the addition of Chicago to our network to be an attractive option for Americans keen to explore New Zealand and Kiwis wanting to visit Chicago or head on to other North American destinations,” says Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon. “As well as being great for travelers, this new route is also good news for New Zealand, as we expect it to contribute around $70 million annually to our economy, and we know that more than 50 percent of spending by U.S. visitors is done outside of the main centers. We’ll be working alongside our colleagues at United Airlines to grow the route and visitor numbers in both directions.”

“By adding Chicago to the Air New Zealand route network, and with United’s increased service between San Francisco and Auckland, we are proud to offer our customers more ways to get between the United States and New Zealand and more connection opportunities in those cities than any other airline in the world,” said United’s International Network Vice President Patrick Quayle. “Today’s announcements are great examples of the customer benefits that result from the strong, strategic alliance and partnership between United Airlines and Air New Zealand.”

Air New Zealand service between Auckland and Chicago

From Nov. 30, 2018, Air New Zealand will operate three times weekly, year-round service with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound. Air New Zealand code share service will be offered on around 100 flights across the U.S. for convenient connections to Auckland via Chicago.  

United expands service between San Francisco and Auckland

Beginning in April 2019, United will extend service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with three-times-weekly service. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United’s flight arriving in Auckland will offer passengers more than 20 connections across the region.

United service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with a Boeing 777-300ER between November and March and will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft between April and October. The Boeing 777-300ER features United Polaris business class, the airline’s reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers.

United and Air New Zealand began their joint venture in 2016.

Air New Zealand’s new flights to Chicago are now available at airnewzealand.com and will be available on Friday, March 30, 2018 on united.com.

The new Chicago – Auckland Northern Winter 2018 schedule from 30 November 2018 is as follows:

Flight No. Operated by Aircraft type Departs Arrives Effective dates Frequency
NZ26 (UA6728) Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland

20:10

Chicago

16:15

30 Nov 2018 –

8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun
NZ26 (UA6728) Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland

20:10

Chicago

17:15

10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019 Wed, Fri, Sun
NZ27

(UA6727)

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Chicago

19:10

Auckland

06:30+2

 

30 Nov 2018 –

8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun
NZ27

(UA6727)

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Chicago

20:10

Auckland

06:30+2

 

10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019 Wed, Fri, Sun

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