United Airlines to become first airline to fly between Washington DC and Cape Town

  • US Department of Transportation awards airline three new direct flights between Washington Dulles and Cape Town
  • Tickets on sale now – United’s inaugural flight scheduled for November 17
  • United offers more flights to South Africa than any other North American airline

United Airlines today announced new direct flights between Washington Dulles Airport and Cape Townbecoming the first airline to provide nonstop roundtrip service from the US capital to South Africa. The US Department of Transportation granted the airline three weekly direct flights, which will commence on November 17, 2022 (subject to approval by the South Africa Government).

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or through the United app. United started seasonal service from New York/Newark to Cape Town in 2019 and expanded to year-round service in 2022. United has more flights to South Africa than any other North American airline.

We are thrilled to further expand our Africa offering with this first-ever direct link between Washington DC and Cape Town”Said Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances. “These new flights build upon our existing year-round New York/Newark to Cape Town service – together they’ll provide a near-daily pattern from the US to Cape Town along with connectivity to the broader region through our Airlink partnership.

United will soon offer a total of 19 weekly flights to Africa – in addition to these new flights to Cape Townthe airline launched nonstop flights from New York/Newark to Johannesburg and Washington DC to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria in 2021.

Prior to the new United flight, Washington, DC to Cape Town was the largest route between the US and Cape Town without nonstop service, and DC is also home to the fifth largest South-African-born population. United’s new flights will connect Cape Town to 55 US cities, representing more than 92% of the US travel demand. The new flights will also allow customers to connect in Cape Town to other points in South Africaand to other countries in the southern region of the African continent with United’s South African-based partner Airlink and their Cape Town hub.

United will fly a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on this new route, which features 48 lie-flat, United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus® seats and 188 economy seats. All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment to help customers pass the time and relax during their travels.

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

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