Air New Zealand is understood to be close to making a call on whether to fly non-stop between Auckland and New York, and services could start as early as next year.

The airline would likely make a decision in November on whether to start the 14,200km flight with Dreamliner aircraft already in its fleet.

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It is possible some of the next tranche of Dreamliners — 787-10s — will be configured especially for the route, a long-held ambition for the airline.


The airline would fit more premium cabin seats that would