American Airlines adds new service between Los Angeles, Auckland

American Airlines said it will add new nonstop service between its trans-Pacific gateway hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Auckland Airport (AKL) in June 2016, pending regulatory approvals.

The route to Auckland provides American´s customers direct access to a new destination and further strengthens the airline´s joint business with Qantas Airways. American has added six new trans-Pacific routes over the last three years, nearly doubling its presence in the region.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the new Los Angeles-Auckland service is another example of the customer benefits of the expanded Qantas American Airlines joint business.

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines. Together with regional partners operating as American Eagle, American offers an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

Qantas is the world´s second-oldest airline. Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, it is Australia´s largest domestic and international airline and is recognized as one of the world´s leading long-distance carriers, having pioneered services from Australia to North America and Europe.