Air New Zealand have hinted at a direct flight to New York or Chicago if New York was chosen it would be the longest current commercial flight at 14,815km. This is out of the 787-9’s range but Chicago may be possible. Luxon Air New Zealand’s ceo has said it will be possible when “the airline secures new airplanes” this is rumored to be the A350 ULH which was reported to be offered by airbus but Air New Zealand is also considering the 777X as well. This is to replace the aging 777-200ER aircraft (11.3 year avg age).
Air New Zealand 787-9 Credit: Air New Zealand
This is now another airline looking at ULH travel and may be the future of aviation threatening traditional stop over based hub base airlines (emirates,Qatar,Singapore ect.) who may lose demand due to these new routes getting people nearly around the world in 1 flight. This questions the sustainability of Emirates wide range use of the A380 and others use of the aircraft as well.
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