Air New Zealand marks the first of its non-stop flights to John. F. Kennedy airport

 Monday, September 19, 2022 


Minister of Tourism for New Zealand Hon Stuart Nash, chair Dame Therese Walsh and Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran were onboard the inaugural flight, along with key tourism and travel partners.

Foran said the introduction of a non-stop service between Auckland and New York connects his two favourite places.

As one of the world’s greatest cities, Air New Zealand is proud to add the Big Apple to its list of 29 international destinations, Foran said.

By adding greater access to the East Coast of the US, we’re connecting our North American customers to the possibilities of 20 destinations within New Zealand as well as the Pacific and Australia, all within easy reach.

This is terrific for our customers.

The airline’s new international menu was debuted onboard NZ2, showcasing Kiwi produce to the world.

This features more choice in the air, so Premium customers can add the likes of seared salmon from Marlborough, free-range chicken from Waikato or bacon, and streamed green vegetables or fresh, crisp salads picked straight from orchards and fields in Gisborne, Waikato and the Manawatū.

As part of the new menu, business premier customers were welcomed to their dining experience with an amuse-bouche of New Zealand paua saucisson (abalone sausage) with herb cream and tomato.

Air New Zealand now serves seven destinations in North America – Chicago (from 31 October), Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and New York City.

The first flight from New York (JFK) to Auckland (AKL) departed at 21:55 ET with an estimated flight time of 17 and a half hours.

The flights will operate between Auckland and New York on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday each week.

The NZ2 flight from Auckland to New York will leave at 19:40 and arrive in the big apple at 19:55. The NZ1 from New York to Auckland will depart 21:55 and arrive at 07:30 +2.

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