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Many airline route press announcements that come across my inbox aren’t super interesting to me, but there was one big exception yesterday when Air New Zealand announced that they will be expanding their North American service to Houston! Beginning in mid-December, Air New Zealand will operate their retrofitted 777-200 from Houston – Auckland up to 5 times per week.
Remember back when Continental said that the would use the 787 to operate this route before the United merger?
This is great news not just for Houston based gals like me, but really for any Star Alliance fan who wants an alternative to connecting on the West Coast. This flight will be around 15 hours in length and tickets are will go on sale sometime in May.
We have been wanting to go to New Zealand for quite a while, but the trip keeps getting pushed back for many reasons. This could be a fantastic way for the trip to literally get back on the calendar as it would make our routing to get to New Zealand much simpler and shorter.
The bad news is that Air New Zealand isn’t exactly generous with releasing award space. In fact, they are pretty bad about releasing award seats, at least in business class. Economy class awards are much easier to come by, and I would maybe even consider economy to New Zealand (for the first time) if I could get there in one shot. Maybe…
Heck, the Economy Skycouch’s that Air New Zealand offers look pretty great for families!
Air New Zealand will code-share this flight with United from numerous North American cities which really helps explain the selection of Houston as their 5th North American city. Houston has really had some great new routes announced in recent months including ANA service to Narita, EVA service to Taipei, and Emirates beginning to use the A380 for flights to Dubai. This should all mesh well with announced plans to upgrade the international Terminal D, so hopefully we get more and more exciting routes here in the Lone Star State.
I will be watching closely for the date that this new route to New Zealand goes on sale. Anyone else as excited as I am?