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United Expands Service to Cape Town With Year-Round Flights

United is expanding service to Cape Town, South Africa by offering three nonstop flights per week, year-round, between New York/Newark and Cape Town International Airport.

The new schedule will start on June 5, and means that more than 85 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, will be more conveniently connected to Cape Town.

United will fly a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offering 48 lie-flat, United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus® seats and 39 seats in Economy Plus®. All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment to help customers pass the time and relax during their travels.

United is the only airline to offer nonstop flights between the U.S. and Cape Town and offers more flights to South Africa than any other North American carrier.

United first launched flights to Cape Town in December 2019, and it quickly became one of the airline's marquee international routes.

The airline later built upon this success in Africa with the launch of flights between New York/Newark and Johannesburg in June 2021, new service between Washington D.C. and Accra, Ghana in May 2021 and between Washington D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria in November 2021.

This expanded service also strengthens United's leading network from New York/Newark. United offers service to 74 international destinations from New York/Newark, more than any U.S. carrier.

Cape Town is South Africa's second-largest city and a melting pot of creativity and cuisine, ranking among the most beautiful in the world.

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