This post may contain affiliate links; please read our advertiser disclosure for more information.Air New Zealand touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this week, after 16 hours in the sky, marking the airline’s first ever direct flight to New York City.Minister of Tourism for New Zealand Hon Stuart Nash, Chair Dame Therese Walsh and Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran were onboard the inaugural flight, along with key tourism and travel partners.The flight, NZ2, was first announced back in March and has been a major cornerstone of Air New Zealand‘s post-pandemic rebound. Its companion flight, NZ1, flies the opposite route from JFK to Auckland. That trip lasts about 17.5 hours.The airline’s new international menu was debuted onboard NZ2, showcasing the best of New Zealand produce to the world. This features more choice in the air, so Premium customers can add the likes of seared salmon from Marlborough, free-range chicken from Waikato or bacon, and streamed green vegetables or fresh, crisp salads picked straight from orchards and fields in Gisborne, Waikato and the Manawatū.As part of the new menu, Business Premier customers were welcomed to their dining experience with an amuse-bouche of New Zealand paua saucisson (abalone sausage) with herb cream and tomato.Air New Zealand now serves seven destinations in North America – Chicago (from 31 October), Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and (after much anticipation), New York City.Flight ScheduleFlight No.Aircraft typeFromToDepartsArrivesFrequencyNZ2Boeing 787-9DreamlinerAucklandNew York19:4019:55Mon, Thu, SatNZ1New YorkAuckland21:5507:30 +2Disclosure: Miles to Memories has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Miles to Memories and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.Featured: Capital One Venture – Increased 75K Welcome Offer! Capital One Venture has an increased offer right now. For a limited time you can earn 75,000 Miles after $4K spend in the first 3 months of having the card. Venture earns 2X Miles on all purchases plus 5X with Capital One travel. Points can be used for a variety of things including cash back and transferring to travel partners.