Cheers for Chicago Featured

The travel trade gathered last night to celebrate the launch of Air New Zealand’s non-stop service between Auckland and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from November this year.

The new service deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. In addition to the new route announcement, United says it will extend its seasonal service between Auckland and San Francisco to year-round from April 2019.

From November 30, Air New Zealand will operate the new route three times weekly, year-round with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound.

With United operating more flights out of its hub of O’Hare International Airport than any other airline, the new service to Chicago will provide customers with convenient one-stop codeshare connections to around 100 destinations across the US.

‘We expect the addition of Chicago to our network to be an attractive option for Kiwis wanting to explore the city or head on to other North American destinations,’ says Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon.

Beginning with the Northern Summer 2019 season, United will extend its service between Auckland and its West Coast hub in San Francisco to year-round, introducing a three times weekly service, complementing Air New Zealand’s existing daily year-round service on the route.