Air NZ hints direct flight to New York

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - STAFF RE­PORTER

The Big Ap­ple could be just one flight away from Auck­land.

Air New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Christo­pher Luxon hinted at direct flights be­tween Auck­land and New York, Forbes re­ported.

Luxon en­vi­sioned fly­ing to US hotspots like New York and Chicago once the air­line had the right planes, the article said.

‘‘We are one of the top five air­lines in the world in terms of dis­tance,’’ Luxon said.

‘‘We end up fly­ing a nor­mal [in­ter­na­tional] flight 12 or 13 hours.’’

Two of the long­est flights in the world, direct to Dubai and Doha, both serve from Auck­land.

Qatar Air­ways cur­rently hosted the 17-and-a-half hour Doha-Auck­land flight, which cov­ered 14,535km.

A direct flight from Auck­land to New York would cover 14,815km, which would make it the long­est flight in the world.

Air New Zealand be­gan the Auck­land to Hous­ton line in De­cem­ber 2015 - a dis­tance of 11,910km.

How­ever, an Air New Zealand spokes­woman said the air­line did not have any route an­nounce­ments to make at this time.

‘‘Air New Zealand is con­stantly as­sess­ing its route net­work,’’ she said.

‘‘How­ever we don’t have any route an­nounce­ments to make at present.’’

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