United launches joint venture revenue-sharing agreement with Air New Zealand

United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) has launched new nonstop service between its Pacific gateway at San Francisco International Airport and Auckland, New Zealand, marking the official start of the airline´s joint venture agreement with Air New Zealand, the company said.

The carriers are deepening their existing Star Alliance relationship by offering customers more choice and convenience when booking travel between the United States and New Zealand and beyond.

Powering United´s inaugural flight between San Francisco and New Zealand is an energy-saving partnership with the Asia and Pacific initiative to reduce emissions (ASPIRE). United will operate Boeing 787-8 aircraft on the San Francisco to Auckland inaugural route, which are built using lightweight composites, state-of-the-art engines and an improved aerodynamic design, allowing it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft.

As part of the Aspire initiative air traffic providers will also support optimal flight paths and recommend real-time, dynamic reroutes, further optimizing efficiency after departure throughout the entire flight.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.