Auckland, New Zealand
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Air New Zealand will begin nonstop service between Chicago and Auckland on Nov. 30, operating three times weekly with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This Chicago flight joins current nonstops to New Zealand from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and Honolulu. Travelers thinking of a trip to New Zealand or other cities on Air New Zealand’s routes will want to be on the lookout for the airline’s Cyber Monday deals on Nov. 26.

Economy class fliers may want to try Air New Zealand’s innovative Economy SkyCouch, a comfortable — and less costly — alternative to business class. Specific rows of three seats are equipped with specially designed footrests that open to form a flat area about 30 inches wide, creating a place to lie down or stretch out. Linens and fluffy pillows are provided for extra comfort. One, two, or all three seats can be used to create the flat area for the cost of an Economy class ticket plus an additional fee. A SkyCouch infant harness and belt allow infants to remain lying down during the flight, even when the seatbelt sign is on.

Renowned chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith curated the Business Premier and Premium Economy menus, served with New Zealand wines. Economy passengers are also offered a selection of New Zealand wines, and they can order snacks at any time through the inflight entertainment system.

Discounted fares from the U.S. and Canada to New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands will be revealed at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 26.