It’s no secret to any of you who have followed this blog for more than a little bit that I love carbs New Zealand.  It’s just the most delightful blend of incredible scenery, sports like rugby (where the rules seem to be a mix of football and murder), and incredibly friendly people.  Also there are the flightless and unassuming kiwi birds, which are awwwwdorable if not a little strange.

American has flown to Auckland from LAX for a while now, but American announced a seasonal expansion into NZed, made possible by the recent approval of the antitrust immunity arrangement between American and Qantas for flights between Australia/NZed and the USA.

If you want to see my trip report to New Zealand, including a First Class flight on the Qantas A380, check out the below (warning: this is back when I believed in an absolutely obnoxious watermark on my photos and when I HDR’d everything….sorry)

Air New Zealand 777-300ER Coach LAX-AKL
Driving to Taupo via the Coromandel
Orakei Korako, Taupo, and driving to Wellington
Queenstown and Surrounding Area
Milford Sound
To Christchurch
Qantas 737-800 First Class, Shangri-La Sydney, Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney, Qantas A380 First Class SYD-LAX

LAX to Christchurch

When it comes to New Zealand, the generally accepted guideline for visiting the country is that the South Island is the prettier one.  The North Island remains the commercial centre of the country with Auckland and the tech-growth capital of Wellington, but the most beautiful parts of New Zealand are on the South Island.  American will be the first airline from the USA to fly to the South Island of New Zealand when it launches service to Christchurch in October 2020 on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.  Christchurch is a vibrant city with a strong local culture, unfortunately more well known recently for tragedies there (most of you remember Christchurch from the devastating earthquake of 2010 and the unspeakable shooting earlier this year).  That said, there’s plenty to see in Christchurch but it’s also a short Air New Zealand flight away from Queenstown, which is one of my favorite places on the planet.

a body of water with mountains in the background with Milford Sound in the background

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

DFW to Auckland

Yep, American is finally doing it.  They’re flying nonstop to New Zealand’s largest city from their home base of DFW starting next October using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  This is a huge boon for American and was widely expected ever since Air New Zealand began flying nonstop to Houston from Auckland.

These flights will be seasonal and 3x weekly initially, but man it’s going to be great to fly nonstop to one of the best places on earth!  Here are the operating schedules for the new flights courtesy of American:

Origin Destination Departure Time* Arrival Time* Season
DFW AKL 10:30 p.m. 7:40 a.m./8:40 a.m.
(+2 days)
Oct. 25, 2020–March 25, 2021
3 x weekly through Nov. 29
Daily starting Dec. 1
AKL DFW 11:15 a.m./12:15 p.m. 7:10 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020–March 27, 2021
3 x weekly through Nov. 29
Daily starting Dec. 3
LAX CHC 11:30 p.m. 9:25 a.m./10:25 a.m. Oct. 25, 2020–March 24, 2021
3 x weekly
CHC LAX 1:10 p.m./2:10 p.m. 6 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020–March 26, 2021
3x weekly


On a scale of 1-Frodo how excited are you about the new flights?  Tell me in the comments below!

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