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Air New Zealand’s codeshare service will be offered on around 100 flights across the US for connections to Auckland via Chicago Air New Zealand’s codeshare service will be offered on around 100 flights across the US for connections to Auckland via Chicago

United Airlines and Air New Zealand Expand Collaboration

Air New Zealand announced it will begin a new non-stop service between Auckland and Chicago, expected to begin on November 30. The new service announcement deepens the current joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines.

The flag carrier of New Zealand is scheduled to operate a three times weekly, year-round service with its new configuration Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound.

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.

United will extend service between its West Coast hub, San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with a three-times-weekly service. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United's flight to Auckland will offer passengers more than 20 connections across the region.

“This new route is also good news for New Zealand, as we expect it to contribute around USD70 million annually to our economy, and we know that more than 50 percent of spending by US visitors is done outside of the main centers," commented Christopher Luxon, CEO, Air New Zealand.