American Airlines Commence Daily Los Angeles to Auckland Flights

Yesterday American Airlines landed in Auckland marking the commencement of their daily Auckland service with their new 787 aircraft. American has expanded their pacific network with adding a direct daily service to Sydney and now Auckland.

For Oneworld flyer’s they had no direct service to the U.S.A and would have to transit through Australia onto a Qantas or American flight which was a pain for some passengers. This is a strategic route and should function quite well into the future.

However New Zealand’s home born airline Air New Zealand are part of Star Alliance, this means passengers do not currently have a way of connecting through to other cities as there is no Oneworld carrier operating domestic flights in New Zealand. Next week United commence direct services to Auckland so Star Alliance is definitely the bigger alliance for frequent flyers in the country.

American Airlines Boeing 787-8American Airlines Boeing 787-8 (Image: American Airlines)

AA83 leaves Los Angeles at 10:40pm and arrives into Auckland at 6:35am.

AA82 leaves Auckland at 1:20pm and arrives into Los Angeles at 6:30am.

Qantas codeshare on both of these flights as QF3226 &QF3225.

AmericanStock-4158USA and New Zealand flags (Image: American Airlines)

The Airline operates their fairly new 787-8 aircraft. The aircraft is fitted with 28 custom Zodiac business class seats, 57 main cabin extra seats and 141 economy seats.

AmericanStock--10Custom Zodiac Business Class Seat (Image: American Airlines)

AmericanStock--7Business Class Cabin Overview (Image: American Airlines)

AmericanStock--5Business Class Cabin Facing Forward (Image: American Airlines)

AmericanStock--15AA Branded Bose Noise Cancelling Headset (Image: American Airlines)

AmericanStock1-Zodiac Seat (Image: Kiwi_Aviation)

DCIM101GOPROBusiness Class Seat With Bedding Setup (Image: Kiwi_Aviation)

AmericanStock--6Main Cabin Extra Seating (Image: American Airlines)

AmericanStock--4Economy Cabin (Image: American Airlines)

AmericanStock--2Economy Cabin (Image: American Airlines)

The Airline is offering a fantastic product for the long flight, The aircraft also includes Inflight WiFi which a lot of people love on these flights.

If I was to choose between a Qantas flight or American flight long haul I would definitely take AA. Every business class passenger has direct isle access which is now becoming a standard in business class travel. This product will only be on the 788 as the newer and better 787-9 will feature B/E Diamond seating which I talk about in detail here: American Airlines to add B/E Diamond seating on their 787-9 and A350.

Unfortunately the availability with the flight so far is quite minimal in business class. The US to Pacific routes are extremely popular and often very difficult to snag a premium award seat.

If you do find one however get it that instant! Listed is too options for redeeming miles on this route.

American Airlines miles:

80,000 round trip in Economy.

160,000 round trip in Business.

Qantas

80,000 in Economy.

168,000 in Business.

Screenshot 2016-06-25 19.34.01Current price of AA business class to the U.S. in AUD.

Summery

I am glad that American is expanding their pacific market and bringing a more modern product to the scene. Currently Virgin Australia and American Airlines offer the most modern business class products to and from the U.S directly.

Also a huge thank you to Kiwi_Aviation for supplying me with these photos as he attended the press conference in Auckland, please go check out his profile as he has some stunning photos.

 

 

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