American Airlines is beginning a daily flight connecting Dallas, Texas with Auckland, New Zealand.
On Saturday, October 29, 2022; American Airlines will initiate Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner direct flights from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Auckland Airport (AKL) and the City of Sails.
The flights will be part of American Airlines’ initiative to operate DFW as an international hub for flights to/from Asia-Pacific. The flight, AA35, is planned to take 15 hours, and 1 minute to complete the 7,464-mile journey. The return flight will take 13 hours, and 45 minutes. As a current article explains, flying west means dealing with unfavorable jet streams and more – hence a longer journey.
Below is a flight schedule for the roundtrip:
|Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Auckland Airport (AKL) (All times local)|
New Zealand is a welcoming place for Americans
Between New Zealand’s rich history, photogenic nature and scenery, fine wine, relaxed culture, and noble leaders like Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whose empathy is world-renown – New Zealand is a welcoming place for Americans. To the American Airlines Vice President for DFW Jim Moses as published in The Dallas Morning News;
“With all of the restrictions being lifted in New Zealand now for travel, we were just really ready to go back in. … It’s not just for the local market. It’s to feed into American’s connecting ability out of this hub.”
For the New Zealand Tourism Board’s Declan Malone to FOX 4, the new route will shrink the world for New Zealanders, telling, “Some think New Zealand is quite far away, but with the launch of this service, we’re connected more than ever before through this hub at DFW.”
“We know interest from North Americans in travel to New Zealand is at record levels, so as we welcome international travelers back for a great Kiwi summer for the 1st time in almost 3 years, this non-stop service will provide a great option to connect between the United States and New Zealand.”
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“The addition of non-stop service to Auckland caps off a year of significant international development at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Our passengers will benefit from not only a new destination they can get to from our Airport but an additional opportunity to visit the Southern Hemisphere and a chance to enjoy New Zealand’s largest city and all it has to offer.”
The report went on to say the new route will connect New Zealand to over 200 destinations and the airport serves as the second most connected airport in the world.
About the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
The Boeing 787-9 is capable of making the journey as the 787-9 has an 8,786.2-mile range and the aircraft is intended to be an efficient choice for long-range point-to-point routes. The 787-9 can elegantly haul 285 travelers in American Airlines configuration on some of the longest flights in the world.
- Below is a table about the 787-9 in American Airlines configuration:
|Cabin||Seat count||Seat pitch||Seat width|
|Main Cabin Extra||34||35”||17.2”|
|Main Cabin||200||31”||16.2 – 17.2”|
American Airlines states in its factsheet that the 787s they are acquiring are 20.1% more fuel efficient than their replacements. The 787s also arrives with WiFi, seatback power, and USB outlets – perfect for those long-haul flights like between Dallas, United States, and Auckland, New Zealand.
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