American Airlines recently announced it is planning to launch new nonstop flights to Los Angeles from Auckland starting June 2016.The airline said that the launch of the new route to Auckland is going to further strengthen its joint business partnership with Australia’s national carrier Qantas Airways.
Media reports said that over the past three years American Airlines has strengthened its trans-Pacific network with six new routes. With these new routes, the airline has nearly doubled its presence in the trans-Pacific region.
American Airlines indicated that it will be operating its daily nonstop flights to Auckland from Los Angeles with its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, which is configured with 28 fully lie-flat business class seats offering direct aisle access, 55 main cabin seats offering extra legroom and 143 main cabin seats. The Dreamliner aircraft is also equipped with state-of-the-art onboard features such as a USB connection, universal AC power outlets, personal touchscreen monitor offering a wide selection of in-flight entertainment options including 20 games, 350 albums, 13 radio channels, 240 TV shows and up to 250 movies, and Wi-Fi. The aircraft also has higher pressurization and humidity closer to sea level conditions.
Dough Parker, CEO of American Airlines, said, “The new Los Angeles-Auckland route will be operated as part of American Airlines’ joint business partnership with Qantas Airways, which is pending regulatory approvals. Both the airlines had earlier this year announced increased options for travel between Los Angeles and Sydney as well. Even Qantas Airways has also decided to operate new flights to San Francisco. Both the airlines will be launching the new flights services from December 2015.”