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Lonely Planet names Auckland-Chicago a top 10 ‘most exciting’ new flight route for 2019

November 15, 2018 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Lonely Planet has named Air New Zealand’s new nonstop Auckland-Chicago service as one of the most exciting new airline routes of 2019.

 The inclusion of Auckland-Chicago on Lonely Planet’s Where to fly in 2019? The 10 most exciting new flight routes list comes just two weeks before Air New Zealand prepares to celebrate its inaugural flight to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on 30 November. 

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says it’s terrific Lonely Planet is recognising this first ever link between New Zealand and the US Midwest as a must-do experience for 2019. 

“We’re experiencing great customer demand for what will be our sixth North American port, which not only opens up a direct link to Chicago, but makes popular East Coast cities such as New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston even more accessible to Kiwi travellers.  It’s also attracting significant numbers of American visitors from the Chicago area and beyond to commit to ticking a trip to New Zealand off their travel bucket list.”

With a flight time of around 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound, the Auckland-Chicago direct service will be Air New Zealand’s longest.  It will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft three times a week, departing Auckland Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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