Hawaiian Airlines will fly non-stop from Honolulu to Auckland from March next year, becoming the only US carrier to fly to New Zealand.
The carrier said it will operate the flights three times weekly with Boeing 767-300ERs seating 264 passengers in a two-class layout.
“New Zealanders are avid travellers and we believe the introduction of new nonstop flights with our winning brand of service will be welcomed in meeting pent-up demand for a Hawaii vacation,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, adding that the airline believes is an under-served destination for Kiwis.
“The timing of this new service is ideal as the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will heighten interest in New Zealand and no doubt whet Americans’ appetite for travel here,” he added.
The flights are to commence from March 14 2013. Fares and schedules will be released at a later date.