American Will Fly Nonstop From Los Angeles To New Zealand’s South Island And Add More Nonstop Service From North America!

Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Tourism between North America and New Zealand is rapidly growing, but until now the only nonstop flights from North America have been to Auckland, on New Zealand’s more populated North Island.

Air New Zealand has been adding coverage from most US cities, including Newark starting next October, to Auckland.

However New Zealand’s rugged South Island is far more beautiful with majestic mountains, glaciers, and fjords like Milford and Doubtful Sound.

American will add 3 weekly 787-8 nonstop flights from Los Angeles to the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch. It will operate on a seasonal basis between 10/25/20-3/24/21 for New Zealand’s summer season.

American is adding seasonal 787-9 service between Dallas and Auckland starting next October as well.

There are 2 Chabad Houses that operate seasonally on New Zealand’s South Island.

You can read more in the DDF New Zealand Master Thread.

Hopefully we’ll see Air New Zealand add some of their own direct service to New Zealand’s South Island!

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I assume these are on AA planes? Only asking as I’m hoping to fly business class there and was hoping for better planes such as Cathay Pacific but can never seem to find flights in Cathaway Pacific on those days


and why in the world would american airlines operate a Cathay airplane ? and on a direct to NZ ?? maybe air Namibia should fly the united fight ewr-tlv ? i hear they have good seats. #letshope


After just reading about how horrible AA is and how they strnded people for a week Im not sure this is something to get excited about….:)


I’m no expert on NZ, but isn’t CHC mostly a leisure destination compared to AKL (albeit a fantastic one?)?

I’d love for it to be successful, but there’s not a lot of 7,000 mile leisure routes for a reason


I don’t know if this supports the viability of the CHC route, but this article certainly helps support the business case for a DFW-AKL route on a 787