Air New Zealand hints at direct flights between Auckland and New York
Air New Zealand has hinted at direct flights between Auckland and New York.
CEO Christopher Luxon "envisions" flying to US hotspots New York and Chicago once the airline had the right planes, Forbes reported.
"We are one of the top five airlines in the world in terms of distance," Luxon said.
"We end up flying a normal [international] flight 12 or 13 hours."
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Two of the longest flights in the world, direct to Dubai and Doha, both serve from Auckland.
Qatar Airways currently hosts the 17-and-a-half hour Doha-Auckland flight, which covers 14,535km.
A direct flight from Auckland to New York would cover 14,815km, which would make it the longest flight in the world.
Air New Zealand began the Auckland to Houston line in December 2015 - a distance of 11,910km.
However, an Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the airline did not have any route announcements to make at this time.
"Air New Zealand is constantly assessing its route network. However we don't have any route announcements to make at present."