Air New Zealand Announces 17-Hour Direct Flight to New York

Passengers from New Zealand can soon fly direct to New York City in about 17 hours with the country’s national airline announcing a new long-haul route.

Air New Zealand will begin operating flights between Auckland Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner planes from 17th September 2022. Ticket prices will start at around $1,400 for a return trip.

At 14,200 kilometres each way. The flights to New York will take around 16 hours thanks to the help of prevailing winds. However, flights traveling back to Auckland may take up to 17.5 hours.

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You will be able to fly to New York three times a week and will be among the longest in the world. Currently, the longest direct flight is a Singapore Airlines route between New York City and Singapore, lasting 18 hours and 40 minutes.

The new Air New Zealand route should have started in 2020. There was a delay due to the impact of COVID-19 on international travel.

New Zealand’s border has been closed for a little over two years. As international travel returns to normal, other long-haul projects that were delayed as a result of the pandemic are also being given the go-ahead.

At the moment the only flights offered are into Newark (EWR) with a stop in Los Angeles (LAX). Which has a combined flight time of nearly 20 hours