Currently the Latam flight has a two hour stop over in Auckland. This will not change for 4 days a week. But for the other 3 days the Boeing 787 will do a 14 hour flight between the two cities. Unfortunately this flight will not have Latam’s latest business class seats but I think the direct flight will make it worthwhile.
Robert Alvo Latam’s Airlines Group Chief commercial officer said “More Australians than ever are visiting South America, wanting to discover the many unique destinations of the region and we have seen equally strong demand from passengers travelling in the other direction, forging ever greater tourism and business links”. He said the new nonstop Sydney-Santiago flight would improve connectivity between South America and Australia.