United Airlines, Air New Zealand adds nonstop between Chicago, Auckland

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

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.

From Nov. 30, 2018, Air New Zealand will operate three times weekly, year-round service with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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.

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.

United Airlines, including United Express, is a US-based airline operating approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers.

Air New Zealand is multi-award winning international airline which delivers uniquely Kiwi journeys to more than 16 million customers who fly to, from and within New Zealand each year.