The Abel Tasman National Park, South Island.
From September 17, the airline will operate the new route three times a week, year-round, with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says with international flying on hiatus for almost two years and the New Zealand border fully reopening to US passport holders, this is the moment visitors have been waiting for.
"The US has always been a key market for us, and this new route cements our commitment to growing opportunities for tourism between the two countries. In the six years leading up to Covid, the US visitor numbers to New Zealand doubled so we expect our much-awaited non-stop service to be incredibly strong year-round."
New Zealand is home to magnificent landscapes, a tremendous amount of adrenalin inducing activities, scenic tours, wellness retreats and world class food and wine trails – there's something for everyone.
Departing New York at 9:55pm, customers will enjoy Air New Zealand's award-winning cabin experience, and when they wake up, they'll be able to hit the ground running, heading off the beaten track and immersing themselves in everything New Zealand has to offer.
Rangitoto Island with Auckland City in the background.
"Traditionally, flight numbers 1 and 2 are used for an airline's flagship route. And that's what New York will be – our flagship route. We've worked incredibly hard over the past few years to make this ultra-long-haul service a reality – it's one of the longest routes in the world, at just over 16 hours northbound and 17 and a half hours southbound."
There's been a lot of thought put into the onboard experience and a particular focus on the sleep ritual for Premium customers, introducing relaxing balms and sleepy teas and snacks. For those needing help to unwind a little more, the airline will launch 'Zentertainment' on its inflight entertainment system to encourage a restful sleep. And before descent into Auckland, a brunch service including a classic Kiwi flat white coffee will be offered.
Through Air New Zealand's strong partnership with United Airlines, domestic customers across the US can easily connect to New Zealand through New York as well as Air New Zealand's other gateways.
Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, 2-hours south-east of Auckland.Roy's Peak, near Wanaka South Island.The Bay of Islands, top of the North Island.
Air New Zealand are currently offering return economy class New York to Auckland of around $2000.00. You can find full details on the Air New Zealand website HERE.
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