American Airlines is bolstering transPacific flight options in 2020 with two new seasonal nonstop routes to the West Coast and South confirmed for debut in 2020.
The US carrier will introduce the only direct service between Christchurch, New Zealand and Los Angeles International Airport, along with nonstop services from Auckland to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, as a direct result of its recently approved joint business agreement with Qantas. That partnership is delivering on the promised wide-ranging customer benefits, such as enhanced codeshare opportunities and increased frequent flyer benefits for American and Qantas customers.
The South Island’s Gateway to the US
American will fly to Christchurch three times per week from October 2020 through March 2021 with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The aircraft features 20 Flagship Business seats and 28 Premium Economy seats.
CHC to LAX creates unique one-stop connections to the United States not previously available by any other carrier. American has made a significant investment of NZ$2.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) in terminals four and five of its Los Angeles hub and, as the largest carrier at LAX, can connect New Zealanders to more than 70 destinations domestically and globally, with more than 200 flights operating out of LAX every day.
“The commercial success of our AKL-LAX route due to American’s love of New Zealand means it has been one of our best performing routes world-wide,” said Shane Hodges, American’s Managing Director of Asia Pacific Sales. “Americans have long had a love affair with the beauty that New Zealand offers, from wildlife and wineries, to hiking and cruises.
“It’s exciting for American that, not only are we bringing Americans closer to a variety of experiences offered by New Zealand with direct access to the South Island, but we are also able to offer New Zealanders increased connectivity to the United States through our powerful Pacific gateway hubs, LAX and DFW.”
Connecting Auckland with American’s Biggest Hub
American currently operates seasonal service from AKL to LAX and is next year adding another nonstop service to American’s biggest hub, DFW, from which it launches more than 900 flights a day. Flights will be operated with American’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, kitted out with 30 Flagship Business seats and 21 Premium Economy seats. New flights from AKL to DFW will enable new one-stop connections to New Zealanders to more than 70 cities across the United States.
“American has made an all-time industry record investment of NZ$43.5 billion (US$28 billion) over the past six years in aircraft, people and products,” said Russ Fortson, American’s Managing Director of Asia Pacific Operations. “This enables us to offer an outstanding customer experience for those travelling between the United States and New Zealand, as well as all of our other routes around the world.
And as American enhances its commitment to the region, seasonal AKL to LAX service will resume earlier next year on 7 October, 2020, adding three weeks of service to the increasingly popular destination.
Under the Qantas/American Airlines joint business, Qantas will also increase from six weekly flights between Sydney, Australia (SYD) and DFW to daily service by mid-2020.
Additionally, Qantas announced new service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and to Brisbane, Australia (BNE), which will launch in February and April respectively.
Seats on American Airlines’ Los Angeles-Auckland service will open for sale on 10 November 2020, and the two new services will go on sale from 1 December, 2019, commencing early October 2020.