American Airlines today announced an expansion of its service to New Zealand. These routes will launch just in time for the northern winter season in 2020. These new routes will give American a leg up in Oceania after enhancing their partnership with Qantas.
New Dallas to Auckland route
American Airlines will launch a new thrice-weekly service between its largest hub in Dallas and Auckland from October 25th, 2020. From December 1st, American will upgrade the frequency of this route to a daily service. The seasonal suspension of this route will commence from March 27th. Throughout this operating period, American Airlines will fly a Boeing 787-9 on this route.
New Los Angeles to Christchurch route
Out of Los Angeles, American Airlines is launching a new flight to Christchurch. Running from October 25th through March 26th, this thrice-weekly service will run with a smaller Boeing 787-8. Unlike its Dallas to Auckland service, American Airlines will not upgrade this flight to daily service in December.
Both routes will see lie-flat business class seats and complimentary inflight entertainment. These will be welcome for the long trek across the Pacific.
But, that is not all for American’s expansion in New Zealand. Seasonal Los Angeles to Auckland service onboard Boeing 787-9 aircraft will commence a few weeks earlier on October 7th and run through March 2021.
American’s New Zealand expansion plans are aptly timed for connections. The Dallas flight will depart at 10:30 PM local time and arrive early in the morning in Auckland. Meanwhile, Los Angeles to Christchurch will depart from LAX at 11:30 PM local time with arrival scheduled in the morning two days later. For the return flight, Auckland to Dallas gets in a 7:15 AM while Christchurch to Los Angeles will arrive at 6:00 AM local time.
Passengers will thus be able to get on these flights from a host of origin points in the United States. And, on the return, the early morning arrivals will ensure nationwide coverage through American connections. For those who are perhaps a little more adventurous, one could add a connection on a Europe-bound flight. With Air New Zealand set to end its Los Angeles-London service in favor of nonstop Auckland-New York service, it will be interesting to see if American Airlines sees any sort of uptick in passengers connecting onwards to Europe.
This expansion is welcome news for travelers looking at more options to visit Australia or New Zealand. American does credit its joint venture with Qantas as a catalyst for its New Zealand service expansion. These new routes will help solidify American’s presence in the transpacific market. It will be interesting to see if any other carriers also see an opportunity to increase services to Oceania.
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