Air New Zealand touches down in Texas

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An Air New Zealand Boeing 787

Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight between Auckland and Houston in Texas touched down on Wednesday, 16 December.

NZ28 departed Auckland International Airport on Wednesday and arrived at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Air New Zealand chief executive officer, Christopher Luxon says the operational launch of the airline’s new Houston service, its fifth to North America, is a great way to end 2015.

Luxon says: “This week we mark 50 years of flying to the US – it’s a huge milestone and fantastic that as we celebrate this we also celebrate the operational launch of our latest US service which directly connects New Zealand to the heart of America’s south.

“We are committed to continuing to expand our Pacific Rim network and are excited to give our customers direct access to Houston and beyond.”

Today’s arrival into Houston rounds out a busy month for the airline which has also operated its first scheduled South American service to Buenos Aires and celebrated the launch of its alliance with Air China with an inaugural Auckland – Beijing service – and last month announced a new seasonal service to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.