Air New Zealand welcomes Auckland to Chicago service

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  •   12-03-2018  1:17 pm

Air New Zealand welcomes Auckland to Chicago service

Air New Zealand's inaugural flight between Auckland and Chicago landed at O'Hare International Airport last Friday afternoon.

Flight NZ26 departed at 5:01PM local time in Auckland and landed in Chicago at 12:11PM local time in Chicago. With a flight time of approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound, the flight is Air New Zealand's longest, taking over from Auckland-Houston which has a flight time of 13.5 hours.

A new link

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon, who travelled on the inaugural flight, says the airline's new Auckland-Chicago service means exciting new opportunities for travellers to explore the United States' third-largest city, along with more of the East Coast of the US and Canada.

"We're excited to offer our customers a direct link between New Zealand and Chicago. With our alliance partner United operating more flights out of its hub of O'Hare International Airport than any other airline, the new service to Chicago provides customers with convenient one-stop codeshare connections to approximately 100 destinations across the US," Luxon said. "New Zealand already welcomes around 340,000 visitors annually from the US and we anticipate this number will grow with the introduction of this new service. We expect the route will contribute around NZD$70 million annually to our economy – and we know 50 percent of spending by US visitors is done outside the main centres."

Air New Zealand's direct Auckland-Chicago service, operated by its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, will depart Auckland on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as follows:

Flight No.
Operated by
Aircraft type
Departs
Arrives
Effective dates
Frequency
NZ26
(UA6728)
Air New
Zealand
Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner
Auckland
20:10
Chicago
16:15
2 Dec 2018 –
8 Mar 2019
Wed, Fri,
Sun
NZ26
(UA6728)
Air New
Zealand
Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner
Auckland
20:10
Chicago
17:15
10 Mar 2019 –
29 Mar 2019
Wed, Fri,
Sun
NZ27
(UA6727)
Air New
Zealand
Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner
Chicago
19:10
Auckland
06:30+2
30 Nov 2018 –
8 Mar 2019
Wed, Fri,
Sun
NZ27
(UA6727)
Air New
Zealand
Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner
Chicago
20:10
Auckland
06:30+2
10 Mar 2019 –
29 Mar 2019
Wed, Fri,
Sun
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