July 02, 2016: United Airlines launches new nonstop service between its premier Pacific gateway at San Francisco International Airport and Auckland, New Zealand and it deploys Boeing 787-8 aircraft on the route.
United's inaugural service to Auckland also marks the official start of the airline's joint venture agreement with Air New Zealand.
"Our new joint venture with Air New Zealand allows both airlines to optimise our trans-Pacific schedules and offer customers more choice and convenience when traveling between the US and New Zealand," said Jim Compton, United's vice chairman and chief revenue officer.
Powering United's inaugural flight between San Francisco and New Zealand is an innovative energy-saving partnership with the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE).
As part of the Aspire Initiative, air traffic providers will also support optimal flight paths and recommend real-time, dynamic reroutes, further optimising efficiency after departure throughout the entire flight.
Additionally, ground crews at the departure and arrival locations will work to reduce aircraft idle time, providing expedited taxi to the runway and gate.
"We understand the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, even as we expand our global network. Working with ASPIRE is just one way we're demonstrating our environmental leadership within the industry," said Compton.