American Airlines welcomes New Zealanders to its home with new direct services from Auckland to Dallas Fort Worth and Christchurch to Los Angeles.

A cheeky trip over to Hollywood and Venice Beach will become even shorter for New Zealanders when American Airlines launches the first-ever nonstop service from Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC), to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) next October.

The airline is also adding the only direct service between Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), American’s home hub, which will launch at the same time.

These new routes are a direct result of the recently approved joint business with Qantas, which delivers new customer benefits like enhanced codeshare opportunities and increased frequent flyer benefits for American and Qantas customers.

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The South Island’s Gateway to the US

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American will fly to CHC three times per week from October 2020 through March 2021 with a Boeing 787-8. The 787-8 features 20 Flagship Business seats and 28 Premium Economy seats, providing additional comfort on the 13-hour flight. The aircraft offers a variety of entertainment options for customers, with access to power at every seat, live TV, and hundreds of movies, music, games and TV shows.

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 4 and 5 of its LAX 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.

“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.”

Shane Hodges, American’s Managing Director of Asia Pacific Sales

And as American enhances its commitment to the region, seasonal AKL to LAX service will resume earlier next year — on October 7 — adding three weeks of service to the increasingly popular destination.


Booking the new flights

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The LAX–AKL flights are scheduled to take off in October 2020 and will be available for purchase from November 10.

The new LAX–CHC and DFW–AKL flights will be available for purchase starting December 1.

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Flight times subject to change and account for Daylight Savings. New flights are subject to government approval.

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