United becomes the first airline to fly nonstop between Washington DC and Cape Town


“We are delighted to further expand our Africa offer with this very first direct link between washington d.c. and The cap,” said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances at United. “These new flights build on our existing year-round offering New York/newark at The cap service – together they will provide a near-daily model of the United States to The cap as well as connectivity to the entire region through our Airlink partnership.”

United will soon offer a total of 19 weekly flights to Africa – in addition to these new flights to The capthe airline has launched nonstop flights since New York/newark at Johannesburg and washington d.c. at Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria in 2021.

Before the new United flight, washington d.c. at The cap was the longest route between the United States and The cap without nonstop service, and DC is also home to the fifth largest South African-born population. United’s new flights will connect The cap to 55 U.S. cities, representing more than 92% of U.S. travel demand. The new flights will also allow customers to connect by The cap at other points of South Africaand to other countries in the southern region of the African continent with United’s South African partner, Airlink, and their The cap center.

United will fly a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the new route, which includes 48 reclining United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus® seats and 188 economy class seats. All seats are equipped with on-demand entertainment to help customers pass the time and relax while on the move.

United has a close relationship with the Mandela Foundation and BPESA (Business Processing Enabling South Africa), a not-for-profit corporation that serves as an industry body and trade association for Global Business Services in South Africa. The airline recently announced a collaboration with a travel agency Accredited Africawhose mission is to make travel to African countries easy, immersive and life changing for millions of members of the African Diaspora across the United States.

For more information and to book flights, please visit united.com.

About United

United’s common goal is “Connecting people. Unite the world”. From our US hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, DC, United operates the most comprehensive global route network among North American carriers. United is bringing back our customers’ favorite destinations and adding new ones to become the best airline in the world. To find out more about how to join the United team, go to www.united.com/careers and more information about the company are at united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc., the parent company of United Airlines, Inc., is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.

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