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United becomes first U.S. airline to land in Christchurch, now offering direct flights

  • The inaugural flight from San Francisco touches down today in Christchurch and is the first time a U.S. carrier has flown to the South Island
  • The new non-stop service brings Christchurch closer to the U.S. and will fly three times a week with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
  • United has more combined flights between the U.S. and New Zealand/Australia than any other carrier in the world
  • To commemorate the inaugural flight, the aircraft has been adorned with a special symbolic silver fern
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