AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — Getting to New York just got easier, today, Air New Zealand has announced the world's one of the longest routes.

On 23 March 2022, landing at John F. Kennedy Airport, the airline will operate its flagship Auckland-New York route three times a week, year-round with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets.

The new service further deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says with international flying on hiatus for two years and the New Zealand border reopening on 2 May to visa-waiver countries, this is the moment Kiwis have been waiting for. "New York is an iconic yet familiar city, a bucket list item. And now for the first time, Kiwis can visit the city of all cities with a non-stop flight. New Zealand lets you slow down – in New York, everything is bigger and faster, it's exciting and awe-inspiring – and it's now closer than ever," Foran added.

After a stopover in New York, for customers wanting to travel further, Air New Zealand's codeshare partner United Airlines will allow passengers to connect to other destinations across the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For those wanting to explore more of Europe, ANZ passengers will also be able to fly via partner airlines directly from New York to Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Stockholm.

The new service will also provide greater choice for travelers between New Zealand and North America, with Air New Zealand serving seven destinations in North America – Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angles, San Francisco, Vancouver - and soon - New York.