Air New Zealand is not a new name in the United States with the announcement of flights to Houston. The good news is that Flight VZ 38 left Auckland last night and reached Houston Intercontinental Airport today at 1.15pm. True to its economy tagline “Skycouch for families” the flight will be operational for five days in a week. Premium economy and business class seats are also available. Air New Zealand has opened its services to Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco and Honolulu.
Speaking of this latest development Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer said, “his week we mark 50 years of flying to the U.S – it’s a huge milestone and fantastic that as we celebrate this we also celebrate the operational launch of our latest U.S service which directly connects the heart of America’s south to New Zealand.”
Air New Zealand to make the connecting experience convenient has partnered with Star Alliance’s United Airlines to provide connecting flights from Houston. This way they would be able to service some destinations in the United States.
Houston Aviation Director Mario Diaz stated that the service between George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Auckland had boosted the status of Houston turning it into a global gateway city. This new development has turned this into a strong international route in North America. He added that the relationship with Air New Zealand would be mutual and beneficial.
No more Air New Zealand will be limited to Asia and New Zealand, but it is soon expanding its frontiers with its maiden flight to Houston. The new route has opened up business avenues between the two countries. It also helps in connecting new destinations for passengers in Southern and eastern parts of United States. Christopher Luxon made it clear that over 30 million Americans that were hoping to connect to New Zealand will now find this route easy to access.
The Air New Zealand flight to Houston provides access to Midwest and East Coast. The new route will boost tourism in New Zealand feels Luxon by making it accessible to Miami and other Southern cities. The airline sees potential on the cargo front as well. Flying directly to Houston saves two days of shipping time from Midwest, south and eastern markets in the US.
Houston is the third major destination for Air New Zealand. Earlier it was Singapore with Buenos Aires Flights, and now it has partnered with Air China for Vietnam service that is planned for 2016. Another major announcement is also expected soon informed Luxon.