First ever air service to take off between New Zealand and Chicago

Air New Zealand will launch a new non-stop service between Auckland, New Zealand and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from November this year.
28 March 2018

Air New Zealand will launch a new non-stop service between Auckland, New Zealand and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from November this year.

From November 30, 2018, Air New Zealand will operate the new route three times weekly, year-round with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.  Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound.  

The new service will provide Australian travellers with a more seamless experience transiting through Auckland where customers can remain in the same terminal and eligible customers are able to use Air New Zealand’s flagship international lounge. 

Along with connections from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, this new route will now also provide customers in Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast with a one-stop travel option to visit Chicago compared to current options which require them to undertake transit stops in both Australia and the US.

Chicago is an exciting destination with a lot to offer from its incredible history, museums and architecture to world-renowned jazz music and famous dishes including the iconic deep dish pizza.

“We expect Chicago to be an attractive option for Australians and Kiwis wanting to explore the city or head on to other North American destinations,” says Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon.  “More than one million Australians travel to the US every year so this new route will provide an opportunity to explore deeper into US.”

The new Auckland – Chicago route forms part of the airline’s alliance with United Airlines on flights between New Zealand and Mainland USA.  The alliance commenced in 2016 and has opened up more travel options for New Zealand and US travellers than ever before.  

Air New Zealand’s new flights to Chicago are on sale today at airnewzealand.com.au.

The new Auckland – Chicago Northern Winter 2018 schedule from 30 November 2018 is as follows:

 
NZ26 (UA6728)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Auckland 20:10

Chicago 16:15

30 Nov 2018 - 8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

 
NZ26 (UA6728)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Auckland 20:10

Chicago 17:15

10 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

 
NZ27 (UA6727)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Chicago 19:10

Auckland 06:30 +2

30 Nov 2018 - 8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

 
NZ27 (UA6727)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Chicago 20:10

Auckland 06:30 +2

10 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

Flights will arrive into and depart from Terminal 5 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The above timings are subject to approvals.

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Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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