There was another slice of aviation history made earlier today when an Air New Zealand Dreamliner flew the first-ever direct flight from Los Angeles to Wellington. Hitting town to keep working on the sequel to Avatar, Hollywood director James Cameron and his producer Jon Landau were among the 54 passengers aboard the flight.
Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 registration ZK-NZJ departed Los Angeles at 22:32 (local time) on Friday, May 29. The flight operated as NZ1946. The trip took 12 hours and 45 minutes to cover the 10,875 kilometers between the two cities, touching down at 06:18 (local time) on Sunday morning.
Just one of many interesting flights into New Zealand lately
Besides having an interesting planeload of passengers, the flight was also one of many one-off routes airlines have flown into New Zealand over the past few months. While New Zealand usually gets plenty of services from North America, the focus is mostly on Auckland (both United Airlines and Air New Zealand fly the Los Angeles – Auckland sector).