Air New Zealand will launch a new route to North America this December.
The Kiwi airline will provide a five-times weekly, non-stop service between its base in Auckland and Houston, Texas, with a view to turn it into a daily service. Tickets are expected to go on sale next month.
Flights will be served by one of Air New Zealand’s refitted B777-200 aircraft, providing higher levels of comfort and connectivity to passengers.
This is good news, as the service will become the airline’s longest non-stop flight ever, with an outbound (Auckland–Houston) flight time clocking in at 13 hours and 50 minutes, while the return service will be an even more gruelling 14 hours and 30 minutes.
The B777-200 includes Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch concept, comfortable ink-coloured luxury leather seats with leg rest in Premium Economy, as well as fully flat beds in Business Premier.
As Houston is the biggest hub of Star Alliance partner United Airlines, this opens up the possibility of the two airlines codesharing on domestic flight within the US.
“[The new service] expands our reach into a thriving part of the country and also acts as a great feed to the East Coast, meaning a gateway to New Zealand is now less than three hours away from numerous US citie", said Air New Zealand vice president of the Americas Chris Myers.
For more information, visit airnewzealand.co.nz