Auckland - Last week on Friday, Air New Zealand launched the longest route of the airline between Auckland and Chicago. Flight NZ26 took off from Auckland on November 30 at 17:00 local and landed at Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 13:00 CST.

With a flight duration of approximately 15 hours, it is the longest flight of Air New Zealand to date. The Auckland-Houston route takes only 13.5 hours from which the new route of the airline took over the title of longest flight.

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The line will be operated three times a week with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Air New Zealand President and CEO Christopher Luxon, who participated in the inaugural service, said the new Auckland-Chicago service would offer travelers exciting new opportunities to explore the third largest city in the United States, as well as a large part of the east coast of the United States and Canada, thanks to its code-share agreements with the United Airlines.

United Airlines operates more flights from Chicago O'Hare International Airport than any other airline.

The Boeing 787-9s of the Air New Zealand are configured to accommodate 27 passengers in Business Premier (Fully lie-flat bed), 33 passengers in Premium Economy (42 inches), and 215 passengers in Economy (33 inches).