United Airlines commenced operations between San Francisco and Auckland on 1 July, with the Star Alliance member’s inaugural flight arriving into the New Zealand airport on 3 July. Seen cutting the cake in Auckland are: Minister Christopher Finlayson, Attorney General; Dave Hilfman, SVP Global Sales, United Airlines; Adrian Littlewood, Chief Executive, Auckland Airport; and Nick Judd, Regional GM Americas, Air New Zealand.
Cutting the ribbon in Flint, heralding the start of United Airlines’ daily service to New York Newark, are: Tim Herman, CEO, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce; Craig Williams, Airport Director; Win Cooper, Bishop International Airport Authority Chairperson; Cheryl Cannon, United Airlines Sales Manager; Mark Young, Genesee County Commissioner; Steve Branch, Mayor of Flint’s Chief of Staff; Jamie Curtis, Genesee County Commissioner Chair; and L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive. Showcasing her amazing abilities of channelling herself into the Statue of Liberty is Flint Airport’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations Pat Corfman.
- United Airlines commenced service on four routes on 1 July, three domestic connections from New York Newark (EWR), and one international from San Francisco (SFO). Commenting on the launch of flights from the Californian hub to Auckland (AKL), Jim Compton, United Airlines’ Vice Chairman and CRO, said: “Our new joint venture with Air New Zealand allows both airlines to optimize our transpacific schedules and offer customers more choice and convenience when traveling between the US and New Zealand. Our customers wanted new ways to access New Zealand and destinations beyond, and our relationship with Air New Zealand allows customers to plan seamless travel throughout the South Pacific.” As stated, Air New Zealand also operates on the 10,503-kilometre sector with daily flights. None of the airline’s three routes from Newark will face direct competition, and will all be operated daily on ERJ 145s. See how Flint Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
||New York Newark (EWR)
|San Francisco (SFO)
||Air New Zealand (7)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 5 July 2016.