American Airlines commenced service on 23 June, when it launched flights from Los Angeles to Auckland. The 10,480-kilometre sector will be served by the 787-8. Fernand Fernandez, VP Global Marketing and Customer Experience, American Airlines said of the launch: “Auckland is a destination we have admired for a long time. This new route is critically important for American’s strategic expansion in the Asia Pacific region and a key part of our partnership with Qantas. We are glad that customers can now have more choices to fly to the US and beyond.” Auckland becomes the second destination for American in the Southwest Pacific, with it having launched flights to Sydney on 19 December.