In June American and Qantas announced an expansion of their partnership and joint venture, whereby American would launch flights between Los Angeles and Sydney as of this December. Furthermore, Qantas announced they’d restart San Francisco to Sydney as part of this partnership, which is an exciting route to bring back.
During the press conference in June, Doug Parker specifically talked about his desire to start service to New Zealand. As he explained it, “New Zealand is a market neither of us serve, but this provides that opportunity. We can’t ignore New Zealand.”
In October we further learned that an American flight between Los Angeles and Auckland was “certain,” though we still didn’t have a start date. Unfortunately United beat them to the punch, as in early October they announced that they’d launch a San Francisco to Auckland flight as of July 1, 2016.
Anyway, it seems like the wait is over, as American just Tweeted the following:
Kiwis make for #GreatMates too.
Learn more tomorrow.https://t.co/uCnPoiYdMn
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) November 9, 2015
American made a similar announcement a day before they announced flights to Australia, so I think it’s safe to say American is announcing flights to New Zealand tomorrow. This is further confirmed by talks of American holding press conferences in both Los Angeles and New Zealand tomorrow.
I can’t wait for this route to be announced. It’s awesome to see two US carriers launch flights to New Zealand within a matter of months. New Zealand is one of the most gorgeous countries in the world, and it’s nice to get easier access there, especially as Air New Zealand is possibly the stingiest airline when it comes to releasing award space.
Now we just have to see how many frequencies American will operate in the market per week, and what kind of plane they’ll use (I’d assume a 787, but you never know).
Are you excited about American announcing flights between Los Angeles and Auckland?