Start spreading the news: Air New Zealand reveals Auckland-New York flight details

Air New Zealand has today announced its inaugural flight from Auckland to Newark Liberty International Airport will take off on 29 October 2020, becoming the first ever non-stop air service between Australasia and New York.
24 October 2019

Air New Zealand will fly to the city that never sleeps three times weekly, year-round using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in its latest, premium-focused configuration.

The new service will provide Australian customers with a seamless journey to New York through Auckland, where customers remain in the same terminal and those eligible can access Air New Zealand's flagship lounge.

Along with connections from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, the new route will give customers in Adelaide, Gold Coast, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast a one-stop journey to New York compared with current options from those ports which typically require a transit stop in both Australia and the US.

New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world with its iconic landmarks, galleries, museums and Broadway shows placing it top of many travellers' bucket lists - and Air New Zealand expects its non-stop flight from Auckland will be attractive to Australians.

"We know New York is a popular destination for Australians and we're looking forward to offering a better way to fly from next October," says Air New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Officer Jeff McDowall.

"Relaxing in Air New Zealand's lounge in Auckland beats a US transit hands down. Then there's our great long-haul service, which includes New Zealand wine and cuisine, lie flat beds in Business Premier, spacious Premium Economy seats and the innovative Economy Skycouch that's perfect for families."

Air New Zealand's Auckland-New York flights will go on sale in November. Flight time is expected to be 15 hours 40 minutes northbound and 17 hours 40 minutes southbound. 

The Auckland-New York schedule from 29 October 2020 is as follows:


Air New Zealand

787-9 Dreamliner

Auckland 19:55

New York 17:35

Mon, Thur, Sat 


Air New Zealand

787-9 Dreamliner

New York 19:05

Auckland 06:45 + 2

Mon, Thur, Sat 

Flights will arrive into and depart from Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The above timings are subject to approvals and will vary with daylight saving time.

Note to editors:

  • Air New Zealand will operate its 787-9 'Code 2' Dreamliner to New York. This aircraft has a 275-seat configuration with a higher proportion of Business Premier and Premium Economy seating
  • The airline's new Economy Stretch legroom product, and its innovative Economy Skycouch experience will be available on the Auckland-New York route
  • New York will be Air New Zealand's sixth US destination. Air New Zealand also serves Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Hawaii
  • The route is subject to final regulatory approvals and crewing agreements


Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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