New Zealand launches one of the world’s longest flights

(ORDO NEWS) — For the first time in its history, Air New Zealand is offering direct flights between New Zealand’s Auckland and New York.

The ultra-long haul route will be launched on September 17, 2022 from Auckland and will be another piece of news indicating that New Zealand is gradually opening up to world tourism.

Flights from Auckland will operate under NZ2, while flights from New York JFK will operate under NZ1. These figures show how important the new route is for Air New Zealand (ANZ). “Traditionally, flight numbers 1 and 2 are used for airline flagship routes.

This is where our next journey will be,” said Greg Foran, CEO of the airline. Flights will be operated three times a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Tickets are on sale now on the ANZ website.

Travelers from New Zealand will depart Auckland Airport (AKL) at 19:40 and spend 16 hours on board before arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). Flights from JFK to Auckland will take 17 hours and 35 minutes.

“We have been hard at work over the past few years to bring this ultra-long distance service to life,” Foran added. “To ensure that customers arrive in New York feeling refreshed, our teams work around the clock.”

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Currently, the longest passenger flight in the world is operated between Singapore and John F. Kennedy Airport by Singapore Airlines. The aircraft spends about 18 hours in the air.

Also claiming the title of one of the longest routes in the world is a flight from Perth in Western Australia to London on Qantas. It will resume at the end of March after a pause due to the pandemic.

The pandemic has caused many aviation-related records. In March 2020, Air Tahiti Nui operated the longest scheduled passenger flight in history, 15,715 kilometers, from Papeete, French Polynesia, to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Normally, this flight includes a stop in Los Angeles, but pandemic restrictions have made this impossible and forced the airline to go through the entire journey without landing.


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