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United Airlines and Air New Zealand Announce Chicago – Auckland Service

Air New Zealand today announced it will begin new nonstop service between Auckland and Chicago, beginning Nov. 30, 2018.

Air New Zealand today announced it will begin new nonstop service between Auckland and Chicago, beginning Nov. 30, 2018. The new service announcement deepens the joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. In addition to the new route announcement, United announced it will extend its seasonal service between San Francisco and Auckland to year-round beginning April 2019.

 

Air New Zealand service between Auckland and Chicago

From Nov. 30, 2018, Air New Zealand will operate three times weekly, year-round service with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound. Air New Zealand code share service will be offered on around 100 flights across the U.S. for convenient connections to Auckland via Chicago. United Airlines operates more flights from its hub at O’Hare International Airport than any other airline, with more than 500 flights to 147 airports across the United States.

United expands service between San Francisco and Auckland

Beginning in April 2019, United will extend service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with three-times-weekly service. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United’s flight arriving in Auckland will offer passengers more than 20 connections across the region. The return trip utilizes United’s extensive route network in San Francisco, which provides connections to the United States, Canada, and Latin America. United operates more than 290 daily flights from its hub at San Francisco International Airport to 79 airports across the U.S. and 26 international destinations. Tickets for the expanded San Francisco schedule will be available on united.com and airnewzealand.com later this year.

United service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with a Boeing 777-300ER between November and March and will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft between April and October. 

Since United and Air New Zealand began their alliance in 2016, the joint venture has opened up more travel options for U.S. and New Zealand travelers than ever before. Overall passenger volumes have grown as customers traveling from New Zealand to the U.S. connect to United’s broad domestic network from its hubs in Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Air New Zealand’s new flights to Chicago are now available at airnewzealand.com and will be available on Friday, March 30, 2018 on united.com.

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

Flight No. Operated by Aircraft type Departs Arrives Effective dates Frequency
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 change.

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