Air New Zealand will resume its popular one-stop flight from Sydney to Los Angeles in November. The flight, which operates via Auckland, restarts on November 5. Air New Zealand calls it a major step to re-opening to the world.
Flights ramp up to four times a week in December
While New Zealand remains closed to most incoming passengers, fully vaccinated Australians will be free to enter and leave the United States and Australia by November, and Air New Zealand’s rebooted flights tap into this market.
“While there hasn’t been a day we didn’t fly, most of that flying has been keeping cargo moving around the world, so it’s incredibly exciting for us to welcome more customers back onboard,” Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty said.
“We haven’t been sitting on our hands over the last 20 months and have been taking the time to ensure that as international travel ramps back up, we are better than ever. We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for our customers come 5 November and get back to what we do best – flying!”
Warming up with just one flight a week over November, departures will increase to four times a week in December.
Initially, NZ0752 will push back from Sydney at 14:45 every Friday in November. The Boeing 78709 Dreamliner takes three hours to jet over to Auckland, landing at 19:45.
After a three-hour layover, NZ0006 departs Auckland at 22:45 and lands in Los Angeles at 14:45 on the same day after 12 hours in the air.
Transiting allowed at Auckland International
Transiting is allowed at Auckland International Airport. However, passengers must stay in the transit area of the airport or onboard the plane. The airport says toilets, a water fountain, plenty of seating, charging stations, a family room, and vending machines with food and hot and cold drinks are available in the transit area.
From December 1, Air New Zealand will operate its service from Sydney to Los Angeles on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
In the opposite direction, Air New Zealand’s online booking engine has flights operating from Los Angles to Sydney twice a week across November.
Except for Friday, November 12, Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner will push back from Los Angeles at 22:50 every Wednesday and Friday. NZ0005 takes just under 13 hours to reach Auckland, landing there at 07:45 two days later. After a four-hour and 15 minute transit in Auckland, NZ0753 heads across to Sydney at 12:00, touching down at 13:35.
Currently, Sydney is the only Australian international airport that will allow fully vaccinated travelers to skip the quarantine process in November.
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Some further amendments to Air New Zealand’s international schedules
From December 1, Air New Zealand flights to Sydney will depart Los Angeles every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Air New Zealand notes the United States will require incoming passengers to be fully vaccinated from November 8.
Elsewhere across Air New Zealand’s international network, the airline says they’ve made some adjustments between the period December 17, 2021, and March 26, 2022.
The airline has canceled any planned flights between Auckland and Vancouver and is redirecting booked passengers via Los Angeles. Air New Zealand will also operate one return flight to Hong Kong each week over this three-month period and four return flights to Taipei.
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