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Air New Zealand is now flying a 787 Dreamliner between Auckland and Honolulu.

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This is great news because the Air New Zealand Dreamliner has flat beds in Business Class in a 1-1-1 configuration. The 767, which previously flew the route, and which I reviewed in Business Class, featured recliners in a 2-2-2 configuration.

Unfortunately at the moment I see no award space in economy or Business Class between Honolulu and Auckland.

All the award space I see on united.com features a stop in Tokyo, which more than doubles the travel time (although you do get to fly Business Class on the Air New Zealand Dreamliner from Tokyo to Auckland.)

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The lack of award space is surprising to me because Air New Zealand–for the first time in years–starting releasing Business Class award space between Auckland and the continental United States in February. The lack of award space is disappointing because something like USA to Hawaii to Auckland to Southeast Asia would be an amazing United Three One Ways Award.

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