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Today marked the first of Air New Zealand’s nonstop flights connecting the city of sails and the city that never sleeps at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The inaugural flight carried Hon Stuart Nash, Chair Dame Therese Walsh, and Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran, as well as key tourism and travel partners. According to Foran, the introduction of nonstop flights between Auckland and New York connects his two favorite places.
Onboard NZ2, the airline’s new international menu debuted, showcasing the best of New Zealand produce to the world. Premium customers can add seared salmon from Marlborough, free-range chicken from Waikato, or bacon, as well as streamed green vegetables or fresh, crisp salads picked straight from orchards and fields in Gisborne, Waikato, and the Manawatu.
Business Premier customers were greeted with an amuse-bouche of New Zealand paua saucisson (abalone sausage) with herb cream and tomato as part of the new menu. Air New Zealand now serves seven North American destinations: Chicago (beginning October 31), Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and (with much anticipation) New York City.
The first flight from New York (JFK) to Auckland (AKL) departs at 21:55 ET and will take approximately 17 and a half hours.
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