Air New Zealand flight NZ26 landed at Chicago-O’Hare airport on November 30, 2018, which marked the carrier’s first commercial nonstop longest flight ever.
The Boeing 787-9, Flight NZ26, took off at 17:01 Auckland time and traveled roughly 8,200 miles, spending 14 hours, 32 minutes in the air and landed at Chicago-O’Hare, and pulled into gate M11 in Terminal 5, at 12:33 on November 30.
The airplane flew over the Pacific Ocean north of Tahiti, past northern Mexico, then over New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri before descending into Illinois.
The return flight, NZ27, left Chicago at 19:10 and landed in Auckland at 06.30 on December 2, Flying more than 16 hours.
The aircraft cabin features 18 fully lie-flat beds in Business Premier in a 1-1-1 layout, 21 seats in Premium Economy configured 2-3-2, and 263 seats in Economy in 3-3-3 layout.
The Windy City is the carrier’s 6th North American gateway. You can now fly nonstop between Chicago and NewZealand!