American Airlines to launch Los Angeles to Auckland service

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American Airlines Main Cabin . Source: American Airlines

Australians travelling to New York will have yet another option to choose from when deciding the route they want to take to get to New York. American Airlines has this morning announced that it will commence a daily service between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand’s largest gateway. The daily service, scheduled to commence in June 2016, will be operated by the airlines newest aircraft the Boeing 787-800.

In a joint press conference this morning the CEOs of American Airlines and Qantas announced the new route with Qantas a code-share partner on the Auckland to Los Angeles route, and also offering significant feeder traffic for the route from its Australian East Coast cities.

American’s new Boeing 787-800 aircraft offer one of the best passenger experiences available in the sky, and the route will offer 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats, 55 Main Cabin Extra (extra leg room) and 143 Main Cabin (economy) seats. Every passenger will have access to an in-seat touch screen TV showing 260 movies, 240 TV shows, 13 radio channels, 350 albums and 20 games along with AC power outlets and USB connections.

For Australian travellers this offers the opportunity to break up the long trans-Pacific flight into small easier to manage sectors. The flight from Australia’s east coast to Auckland is generally around 3 hours, and the flight from Auckland to Los Angeles is scheduled at just over 12 hours, which could be a significant opportunity to break the flight up for passengers, especially those travelling from Sydney or Melbourne who are looking at a minimum of 14+ hours direct from Australia’s southern states.

The new route could prove very enticing for families travelling with young children, who often shudder when presented with the prospect of flying for 14+ non-stop with young children. By breaking up the journey, even if it just to allow the kids to run free for a couple of hours in an airport terminal could be just the enticement parents needs to book a holiday of a lifetime in the US and the greatest city in the world, New York.

American Airlines currently offers 12 non-stop flights between Los Angeles and New York’s JFK airport, providing convenient same day connections for flights from Australia and New Zealand into Los Angeles and connecting through to New York. Qantas also offers daily service from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles with additional services from 6 times weekly services from Sydney to Dallas Fort-Worth and San Francisco.

The timing of the new American Airlines flights are as follows:

Auckland (AKL) to Los Angeles (LAX)Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL)
Departs Auckland: 1:20pmDeparts Los Angeles: 10:45pm
Arrives Los Angeles: 6:30am (same day)Arrives: Auckland: 6:35am (2 days later)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-800Aircraft: Boeing 787-800

Details of the flight numbers and arrival and departure terminals have not yet been released, so New York Concierge cannot confirm whether or not the return flights will be leaving from Los Angeles much improved Tom Bradley International Terminal and thus giving premium cabin passengers and top level frequent flyers with access to the wonder Qantas / OneWorld Business and First Lounges in Tom Bradley or if the return flights will be departing from American’s hub at Terminal 4.

With the introduction of the new service there will no doubt be special fares offered by both Qantas and American Airlines but also Air New Zealand who until June will continue to operate as a monopoly on the Auckland to Los Angeles route. New York Concierge will shortly be relaunching our specific New York Deals section of our website, be sure to bookmark it so you can be kept in the loop of any new offers as they come out.

American Airlines Business class cabin on their Boeing 787 DreamLiner. Source: American Airlines

The new route continues to strengthen the Qantas – American Airlines alliance which in recent months announced that the two will be code-sharing on American’s new Sydney to Los Angeles route, which is due to commence operation within the next month in early December 2015, and code-sharing on Qantas’ re-introduced Sydney to San Francisco which is due to commence in mid-December 2015.

American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker, has also suggested that if the route proves successful the airline would be open to launching a second daily flight to Auckland from its main hub at Dallas Fort-Worth, extending the Qantas code-share partnership on any new flights offered.

There has never been so much competition on the trans-Pacific routes which continues to show the strength of consumer sentiment towards holidaying in the US and its primary destinations including New York.

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