Air New Zealand's final frontier: Auckland to New York non-stop

Air New Zealand is preparing to fly the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner non-stop to New York. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Almost two years since Air New Zealand's first non-stop flight between Auckland and New York was due to take off, it will launch the service in September. The devastating impact of Covid-19 has caused what could be the airline's longest delay. But during the pandemic the airline has never moved the Big Apple from the top of the list of new destinations. And as borders rules relax and pent-up demand is released, the airline regards the route as a line in the sand in its climb out of a deep financial hole. The flight will still be