On Saturday, October 29, 2022; American Airlines will initiate Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner direct flights from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Auckland Airport (AKL) and the City of Sails. The flights will be part of American Airlines’ initiative to use DFW as an international hub for flights to/from Asia-Pacific.

About the flight

The flight, AA35, is planned to take 15 hours, 1 minute to complete the 7,464-mile journey. The return flight will take 13 hours, 45 minutes. As a recent article explains, flying west means dealing with unfavorable jet streams and more – hence a longer trip.

Below is a flight schedule for the roundtrip:

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Auckland Airport (AKL) (All times local)
AA35 DFW-AKL 22:44 07:45
AA34 AKL-DFW 12:40 08:24

Tip: Read more about Auckland’s May 2019 expansion plans.

Interest for connecting United States to New Zealand growing

aaaucklandevent-10 - Dallas-Fort Worth International Launch Photo

Photo: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

Between New Zealand’s rich history, photogenic nature and scenery, fine wine, relaxed culture, and noble leaders like Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whose empathy is world-renown – New Zealand is a welcoming place for Americans. To the American Airlines Vice President for DFW Jim Moses as published in The Dallas Morning News;

“With all of the restrictions being lifted in New Zealand now for travel, we were just really ready to go back in. … It’s not just for the local market. It’s to feed into American’s connecting ability out of this hub.”

For the New Zealand Tourism Board’s Declan Malone to FOX 4, the new route will shrink the world for New Zealanders, saying that,

“Some think New Zealand is quite far away, but with the launch of this service, we’re connected more than ever before through this hub at DFW.”

Auckland Airport general manager aeronautical commercial Scott Tasker​ told Stuff.co.nz,

“We know interest from North Americans in a trip to New Zealand is at record levels, so as we welcome international travellers back for a great Kiwi summer for the first time in nearly three years, this non-stop service will provide a great option to connect between the United States and New Zealand.”

Meanwhile, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport manager said in a statement;

“The addition of non-stop service to Auckland caps off a year of significant international growth at DFW. Our customers will benefit from not only a new destination they can get to from our Airport but an additional opportunity to visit the Southern Hemisphere and a chance to enjoy New Zealand’s largest city and all it has to offer.”

The statement went on to say the new route will connect New Zealand to over 200 destinations that the airport serves as the second most connected airport in the world.

About the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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The Boeing 787-9 is capable of making the journey as the 787-9 has an 8,786.2-mile range and the aircraft is intended to be an efficient choice for long range point-to-point routes. The 787-9 can elegantly haul 285 passengers in American Airlines configuration on some of the longest flights in the world.

Tip: Read more about why the very efficient 787-9 lacks winglets

Below is a table about the 787-9 in American Airlines configuration:

Cabin Seat count Seat pitch Seat width
Flagship® Business 30 Lie-flat 21”
Premium Economy 21 38” 19”
Main Cabin Extra 34 35” 17.2”
Main Cabin 200 31” 16.2 – 17.2”

American Airlines states in its factsheet that the 787s they are acquiring are 20.1% more fuel efficient than their replacements. The 787s also come with WiFi, seatback power and USB outlets – perfect for those long-haul flights like between Dallas, United States and Auckland, New Zealand.

What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments.

Sources: Dallas Morning News, FOX 4, Stuff.co.nz

  • American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner From Above

    American Airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

    Year Founded:


    Robert Isom

    United States

  • ahq001-756509

    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    United States

    Sean Donohue

    Passenger Count :
    62,465,756 (2021)

    Runways :
    13L/31R – 2743m (9,000 ft) |13R/31L – 2,834m (9,300 ft) |17L/35R – 2,590m (8500 ft) |17C/35C – 4,085m (13,400 ft) |17R/35L – 4,085m (13,400 ft) |18L/36R – 4,085m (13,400 ft) |18R/36L – 4,085m (13,400 ft)

    Terminal A |Terminal B |Terminal C |Terminal D |Terminal E

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