Continental Airlines is developing its Houston hub with plans to begin nonstop Boeing 787 flights to Auckland, New Zealand on November 16, 2011, subject to government approval. Continental plans to operate the route on a daily basis, with five-times-weekly service during certain periods in the first year of operation.
During the summer, flights will depart Houston at 9:30 p.m. and arrive in Auckland at 5:10 a.m. two days later. Return service leaves New Zealand at 3:40 p.m. and lands in the U.S. at 11:50 a.m. that same day.
In the winter, flights leave Houston at 9:10 p.m. and arrive in Auckland at 6:55 a.m. two days later. Return service departs New Zealand at 5:55 p.m., arriving in Texas at 11:55 a.m. the same day.
Auckland will be added to the 63 international destinations that Continental currently serves nonstop from Houston, and will become the 26th destination in Continental's Pacific network. Continental serves more destinations in the Pacific region than any other U.S. carrier.
Air New Zealand, one of the 27 carriers including Continental which are members of Star Alliance, and its regional airline partners offer service to 20 destinations in New Zealand and seven in Australia, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.