American to begin Los Angeles-Auckland route

American Airlines will begin LAX-AKL service in June 2016 using its Boeing 787-8 aircraft (shown)

American Airlines will begin LAX-AKL service in June 2016 using its Boeing 787-8 aircraft (shown)

Yesterday, American Airlines announced it would begin service between Los Angeles, CA and Auckland, NZ in June 2016, pending regulatory approvals. The new operations will strengthen American's offerings in the trans-Pacific market. The flights will utilize the latest addition to the American fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The outbound and inbound flights will be:

American Airlines chariman and CEO, Doug Parker, New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key and Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce announce AA's LAX-AKL service

American Airlines chariman and CEO, Doug Parker, New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key and Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce announce AA's LAX-AKL service

LAX-AKL
Departs LAX at 10:45 p.m.
Arrives at AKL at 6:35 a.m., two days later

AKL-LAX
Departs AKL at 1:20 p.m.
Arrives at LAX at 6:30 a.m., same day

Operated under the auspices of the American-Qantas joint business arrangement, customers will "be supported by Jetstar's domestic connections to eleven destinations within New Zealand and Qantas Group's nearly 40 daily flights to Australia," according to Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce. The arrangement between "American and Qantas [intends] to provide increased connectivity to markets beyond their key gateways."

You can read the full press release here.