Air New Zealand´s inaugural flight to Houston´s George Bush Intercontinental Airport was welcomed with a performance on the tarmac by a kapa haka group made up of Air New Zealand staff.
Air New Zealand´s Star Alliance partner United Airlines, which has a large Houston-based hub, will code share into Houston from numerous North American cities. A global gateway city, Houston´s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) provides nonstop service to nearly 200 airports around the globe (113 domestic US destinations).
Air New Zealand will fly between Houston and Auckland up to five times per week, operating its fully-refurbished Boeing 777-200ER. The aircraft features the airline´s award-winning Economy Skycouchâ¢, comfortable ink-colored luxury leather seats with leg rests in Premium Economy, and lie-flat beds in Business Premier.
With the addition of Houston, Air New Zealand offers direct service to New Zealand from five North American gateways, also including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu.
Air New Zealand, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2015, operates on average 500 flights a day connecting customers to 22 destinations within New Zealand and to international ports across Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, and the Pacific Islands.