The airline's refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft will operate the route between Houston and Auckland up to five times each week. Tickets are expected to go on sale in May and flights will start in mid-December.
"The City of Houston continues to enhance its status as a global gateway city, with nonstop flight service to almost 200 airports in the US and around the globe," Mayor Annise Parker said in a press release. "The arrival of New Zealand's national air carrier to George Bush Intercontinental Airport is a tremendous step forward in expanding Houston’s level of connectivity even further."
The flight will feature three categories: economy Skycouch, premium economy, with leather seats and leg rests, and business premier, with lie-flat beds. Kiwi-inspired cuisine and a wide selection of New Zealand wines will also be showcased during the flight.