United Airlines is renowned as one of the biggest airlines in the world and is the founding member of the Star Alliance. Now entering its 90th year of operations, United reaches more destinations than any other airline and is one of a select few with routes that span all six inhabited continents.

Air New Zealand is excited to be in a revenue sharing alliance with United as of 1 July 2016. This partnership will provide our passengers with much improved access to a wide variety of domestic American locations through United’s extensive network.

The launch of United’s Auckland to San Francisco service enables increased air capacity and frequency on this route, as well as new time of day options for travellers.

Flight Schedule

United Airlines operates three times weekly Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights between San Francisco and Auckland from July, moving to daily flights operated by larger 787-9 aircraft in November 2016.

Air New Zealand now offers a daily flight service between Auckland and San Francisco, twice daily between Auckland and Los Angeles, and five flights per week between Auckland and Houston increasing to daily flights during the December - January peak period.

The combined Air New Zealand and United Airlines schedule will be as follows from 1 July 2016.

*Below schedule is subject to change:

Segment Flight Number Dep-Arr (NS Timings)
Sorted by time of day
Day Aircraft
AKL - SFO UA 916 1320 - 0640 Tue, Fri, Sun
Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
AKL - SFO NZ 8 1945 - 1245 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 773
SFO - AKL NZ 7 2145-0535 +2 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 772
SFO - AKL UA 917 2245-0655 +2 Wed, Fri, Sun
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun


Go to our Star Alliance United page to view information about earning Airpoints Dollars and Status Points and other frequent flyer benefits when flying on United between Auckland and San Francisco.

Check in

Customers must check-in with the operating carrier.

All airport information screens displaying flight information will display both operating and codeshare flight numbers.

Premium/priority check-in counters will be available for eligible premium customers when travelling on Air New Zealand or United Airlines.

To learn more about check-in procedures and your baggage allowances visit our baggage information page.

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