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American Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights to New Zealand


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American Airlines has launched daily nonstop service from DFW International Airport to Auckland, New Zealand.  This is DFW’s second destination in Oceania.  These new flights will be on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with Flagship Business and Premium Economy cabins.

The new service began on October 29 and will continue through March 25, 2023.

“The addition of non-stop service to Auckland caps off a year of significant international growth at DFW,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport, in a press release.

“Our customers will benefit from not only a new destination they can get to from our Airport but an additional opportunity to visit the Southern Hemisphere and a chance to enjoy New Zealand’s largest city and all it has to offer,” he continued.

The airport said the new route is “one of only a handful of U.S. flights to New Zealand, and it is the only U.S. flight to New Zealand for the oneworld alliance.” Oneworld Alliance is a network of airlines that serves more than 900 destinations in 170 territories with hundreds of airport lounges.

“New Zealand has never been more connected, and the DFW flight will make it even easier for Americans to get there. It’s a unique opportunity to showcase our manaakitanga (hospitality/kindness/respect) as they explore our beautiful country, and experience all that New Zealand has to offer,” said Sarah Handley, Tourism New Zealand’s general manager of the Americas and Europe, according to WFAA.

DFW International Airport announced earlier this year that it would also offer nonstop Qantas service to Melbourne, Australia.  The new route is expected to begin on December 2, 2022, and will be serviced by Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The airport claimed that it would be the only airport not on the west coast giving nonstop service to the city.

Recently, however, American Airlines has also cut nonstop routes to Tel Aviv, Israel, and Lima, Peru, due to “soft demand,” while also delaying the resumption of direct flights to parts of China.

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