AUCKLAND, 30 June 2016: American Airlines launched a daily nonstop Auckland-Los Angeles service, earlier this week, the airline’s seventh destination in the Pacific.
The new service uses a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and adds 1,600 seats a week on the Auckland-Los Angeles route.
For inbound visitors, the new route taps Qantas Group’s network of more than 70 destinations in Australia and New Zealand. Qantas and its subsidiary airline, Jetstar, operate up to 175 return flights a week between New Zealand and Australia.
Auckland-Los Angeles is the seventh new trans-Pacific route that American Airlines has added over the past three years, doubling its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
American’s vice president global marketing, Fernand Fernandez, said: “Auckland is a destination we have admired for a long time. This new route is critically important for American’s strategic expansion in the Asia Pacific region and a key part of our partnership with Qantas.”
Qantas International and Freight CEO, Gareth Evans, said: “The bigger, stronger partnership we’re building with American Airlines is all about giving our customers more options and better experiences, and we’re expecting that to translate into more tourism and trade for the New Zealand economy.”