United Airlines (UAL) resumed seasonal service between San Francisco (SFO) and Auckland, New Zealand (AKL), on Sunday, October 29.
United Airlines and Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand have also launched a new microsite, available at united.com/airnz, that provides information on both carriers as well as destination inspiration and tips related to travel to New Zealand and the U.S. United will operate its SFO-AKL route six days per week from October 29 through December 17 and then daily through March 22, 2018.
"Together with our Joint Venture partner Air New Zealand, United is excited to provide customers with convenient travel options between the U.S. and New Zealand," said John Gebo, senior vice president of alliances for United, in a written release. "New Zealand's summer season is a popular time for travelers to enjoy New Zealand, and we are pleased to offer the larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and the all-new United Polaris business class seat for our customers traveling between San Francisco and Auckland."
The United and Air New Zealand partnership aims to make it easy for customers to travel to Auckland, where Air New Zealand's Auckland hub connects to a network of more than 20 routes across the North and South Islands of the country.
For customers traveling from AKL to SFO, United has timed this flight to connect at SFO with a network of service throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. United operates more than 280 daily flights from SFO to 65 airports across the U.S. and 22 international destinations.
United's SFO-AKL route is operated by its newest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER. The new cabin design on United's 777-300ER fleet features LED mood-lighting to complement sleep and assist with time-zone changes, as well as textured and softer touch materials.