American Airlines (AA) will begin offering a daily, non-stop service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and Auckland from June 2016.
The route will be the first service by one of the “Big Three” US carriers to connect North America with Auckland, although it will be closely followed by United’s upcoming direct service from San Francisco to Auckland – due to take off in July, 2016.
Flight numbers have yet to be decided, but the 13-hour outbound service will depart Los Angeles at 1045 and arrive in Auckland at 0635 – two days later. Meanwhile, the flight out of Auckland will take off at 1320 and touch back down in Los Angeles at 0630 the same day.
AA’s B787 Dreamliner
The daily service will be operated by the B787-8 Dreamliner, which has been configured with a two-class configuration, including 28 full-flat seats in business, and 198 in Main Cabin (economy), of which 55 have been designated as Main Cabin Extra seats with extra legroom.
“We know tourism is an important industry for New Zealand and our new service will provide greater access for more American travellers to visit and appreciate all the country has to offer,” said Doug Parker, AA’s chairman and chief executive.
AA’s Auckland–Los Angeles service will see fellow Oneworld partner Qantas place its marketing code on the flights, as an extension of the ongoing joint business venture. The two carriers have implemented a route revenue share agreement for Qantas’ Sydney–San Francisco route, and AA’s daily flights between Los Angeles and Sydney – both due to begin next month.
“American’s new non-stop Auckland-Los Angeles service is supported by Jetstar’s domestic connections to eleven destinations within New Zealand and Qantas Group’s nearly 40 daily flights to Australia,” commented Qantas Group chief executive, Alan Joyce.
“When you join our great networks with our new service, customers will be able to fly from Dunedin to Disneyland, Napier to New Orleans and Wellington to Washington,” said Joyce.