The new service begins on 30 June 2004, non-stop flights between San Francisco and Auckland. Utilising a 392 seat Boeing 747-400, Air New Zealand will initially operate three services per week. Departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays the service will operate as evening departures from San Francisco (21:45) to Auckland with the 12-hour flight arriving early morning into Auckland (05:30). Flights from from Auckland to San Francisco will depart late afternoon (18:50 Wednesday/Sunday or 19:40 Friday) with arrivals mid-day (11:50 W/S or 12:40 F) back in San Francisco.
They are offering inaugural fare of $747 - economy, $2,747 - business and $4,747 for first.