American Airlines is to launch a daily flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand from an as yet unspecified date in June 2016, the airline announced today.
The flight will be operated using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will be codeshared with Qantas, as part of the trans-pacific joint venture between the two airlines. The operation of the flight is subject to regulatory approval.
For UK based travellers, this does also provide another option to reach New Zealand via the US West Coast, albeit it’s not brilliantly timed for same-day connections, particularly on the return from New Zealand. The other option being Air Newland’s London Heathrow-Los Angeles-Auckland flight.
Here’s the timetable:
Los Angeles – Auckland
Depart Los Angeles 22:45 – Arrive Auckland 06:35 (Two days later)
Auckland – Los Angeles
Depart Auckland 13:20 – Arrive Los Angeles 06:30 (Same day)