American Airlines commenced service to Auckland on 23 June from Los Angeles, arriving into New Zealand on 25 June due to the time difference. On arrival in Auckland, Fernand Fernandez, VP Global Marketing and Customer Experience, American Airlines, was given the traditional Mauri welcome. Auckland Airport also celebrated with cake.
- American Airlines commenced service to the land of the long white cloud on 23 June, when it launched flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL). The 10,480-kilometre sector will be served by the oneworld member daily on its 787-8 fleet, with competition coming from Air New Zealand which offers a double-daily connection to the Californian hub. Fernand Fernandez, VP Global Marketing and Customer Experience, American Airlines said of the launch: “Auckland is a destination we have admired for a long time. This new route is critically important for American’s strategic expansion in the Asia Pacific region and a key part of our partnership with Qantas. We are glad that customers can now have more choices to fly to the US and beyond.” Auckland becomes the second destination for American in the Southwest Pacific, with it having launched flights to Sydney on 19 December. Fellow oneworld member Qantas also serves the market between North America and the Southwest Pacific, with it offering service from Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles, while Sydney is connected to Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with onward service to New York JFK from the latter Californian hub. See how Auckland Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.