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Not to be surpassed by its competitor Australian airline company throughout the Tasman Sea, Air New Zealand stated Tuesday that it prepares to begin continuously service in between Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey and Auckland, New Zealand in October, 2020. It will be the very first time the 2 cities are linked by air, conserving guests a stopover somewhere else in the United States.

If Air New Zealand gets the needed regulative approval, the path will be flown 3 times weekly year-round by Boeing 787-9 airplane. According to the airline company, the 14,178-kilometer (or about 8,810-mile) path will take 15 hours, 40 minutes northbound and 17 hours, 40 miles southbound.


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The flight would be among the top five longest commercial air routes in the world by distance. The longest flight in the world is currently operated by Singapore Airlines between Newark and Singapore. Last week, Qantas flew a 787-9 nonstop between New York and Sydney, but the 19-hour flight was only a test run for possible future service.

With the addition of Newark to its route map, Air New Zealand will discontinue service to London from Los Angeles, a flight that it’s operated since 1982. Any Londoners wanting to fly to Auckland will have to jump on a partner airline instead.

In the US, Air New Zealand already flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Houston and Chicago. Though the airline has discontinued its Lord of the Rings-themed aircraft and safety videos, fans of the films in New York may get their own gateway to the real home of the fictional Middle-earth, as well.

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