On September 17, 2022, following the airline’s first direct trip to New York, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Air New Zealand touched down at JFK International Airport.
At 4:08 AM GMT, the aircraft departed from Auckland Airport (AKL) and arrived at JFK over sixteen hours later after traveling more than 14,000 kilometers (8,700 miles).
The CEO of Air New Zealand, Greg Foran, and New Zealand’s Minister of Tourism, Hon Stuart Nash, were all present on the aircraft, according to a press release from the airline.
Three times every week, the new flight will be run. Just behind Qantas Airways Melbourne-Dallas and Emirates Dubai-Auckland, it is Air New Zealand’s longest flight route and the fifth-longest in the world.
NZ 2 was assigned to the trip, whereas NZ 1 was given to the return flight from JFK to AKL. Foran claims that the airline’s flagship flights often get the figures.
The new flight’s 2020 debut date was postponed because of the COVID-19 epidemic.