Air New Zealand on Wednesday (28MAR18) morning local time announced new service launch to the US, which sees the Star Alliance member offering Auckland – Chicago O’Hare route. Scheduled to be operated by 275-seater Boeing 787-9 aircraft, this route will commence on 30NOV18, 3 times a week on year-round basis. The following schedule is effective 30NOV18 – 09MAR19.
Reservation for this new route gradually opened after 0840NZT 28MAR18.
NZ026 AKL2010 – 1615ORD 789 357
NZ027 ORD1910 – 0630+2AKL 789 357
Block time is around 15 hours for NZ026, nearly 16.5 hours for NZ027. Photo below is Air New Zealand's North American network in Northern winter 2018/19 season, including the new Chicago service, as well as codeshare network with Star Alliance partners.