Air New Zealand to fly from Auckland to Chicago Tomorrow

Air New Zealand is set to lauch its longest direct route ever, with Auckland (NZAA) - Chicago (KORD)
November 30, 2018 3:55 AM departing Auckland at 4:55pm Local time, and arriving 15 hours later in Chicago. This comes as welcome news for Air New Zealand, as it sets ANZ in the ULR Flying Caitgory, and this route will be O’Hares longest route.

The estimated 15 hour route will be around 8000 (13,183kms) miles from AKL - ORD. And 8,184 miles (13,170.87 kms) long. On the way back, the return flight is schedualed to take 16hrs:20mins. Making it one of the longest flights. And the longest out of O’Hare International with second place going to United’s and Cathaty Pacific Airways 16 hour long flight to Hong Kong. 36%20PM
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Chief flight operations and safety officer David Morgan said 'Chicago poses challenges in winter with snow and ice, and in summer, thunderstorms and intense heat can be disruptive.
This comes as New Zealand and the rest of the Southern Hemispere enter Summer, and with weather getting colder, they are slightly concerned that the flight might be delayed. Another issue that ANZ was facing is the issues with the Rolls-Royce Trent engines, ANZ was determined to avoid having engine problems, so they are retrofittting any aircraft with Trent Engines, and replacing them with Trent TEN Engines, which ‘haven’t caused airlines problems and are not subject to the extra checks and range restrictions imposed on “Package C” engines
And this route is also a deal for Air New Zealand, so they can recover from its Dreamliner Engine mishaps and ‘taking it deep into the heart of the lucrative United States market

This flight is Air New Zealand longest flight, with the airline getting a real test of its crew Capiblity. With flight crews training in Flight Simulators running ‘Test Flights’, and flying for 16 hours in all types of weather. Including the Privaling winds heading Southbound towards Auckland again. The flight will operate 3 times weekly, and will use the callsign NZ26


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Nice. I’ve been watching their 787 program with great interest, so I hope all goes well given their past Dreamliner ordeal.

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Ooh, I’m excited to see this route. I would try to fly that route, but I’m in the middle of school when it lands :(

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Same. I hope to hop on this flight at least once. To see how it feels to fly ULR.

3 times a week. So they are actually using 1 plane on that route. I’m still “dreaming” of the even longer route between Frankfurt and Auckland. It would be 20 hours.

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They are using one type of aircraft. I would hope that they are using more than one aircraft. For the sole fact if one aircraft is late or has an issue. They have a standby

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Good job ANZ! Amazing achievement!

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@Connor Imagine if they started service to New York City. It would definitely bring more people to New Zealand. (Would be one long arse flight, but it would be neat!)

Why am I the only Kiwi in SoCal? :(

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With exams over might be able go see it depart

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Looks very nice 😎
I wonder what aircraft they’ll put on the route when (not if) their trash liners start having engine problems, as it is a very long route.

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Nah they would just lower frequency. The issue would have to be very very bad for all to be grounded. All other 787 routes can be done by other aircraft so they would be replaced first.

Issue is all under control operations are pretty normal just reduced frequency on 1 or 2 routes and the Singapore airways 777-200ER and Eva Air 777-300ER have done well to support reduced 787 numbers. Not to forgot the new 787 that have arrived since the issue started.

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Nice to see, that is a really long flight.

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Awesome… hope this flies over my house!! Also another route to do in Infinite Flight!

Wouldn’t be surprised if they all are grounded

Well clearly not since they are flying in less than a day.


Still, which ever aircraft it is. It is so nice for us New Zealanders to have a route into the heart of the US

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They are definitely not got getting all grounded at no stage have all 787 been grounded.

787 is only aircraft that can operate route in the fleet so it’s either 787 or no flight (0.01% chance).

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What are the odds of a diversion? We get thrown out alot for ORD…

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Only reason the flight would divert to KPIT is if the weather at KORD is bad and there is plenty of fuel left. So not that likely 🤷‍♂️

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Well if there’s bad weather, we get thrown out as a diversion for ORD pretty often, so still wishful, but who knows?

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