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  • Chidozie Uzoezie

United to Launch New Service Between Washington and Lagos

United Airlines will launch a new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria beginning on November 29, 2021.

The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria's largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers. Tickets will be available for sale on and the United app this weekend.

United will operate this route with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris business class lie-flat seats, 21 United Premium Plus premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus seats, and 158 standard economy seats.

This flight is the only service between the U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy product. Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and return from Lagos on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline.

Just this year, United launched a new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa, and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana.

And this December and January, United will increase its service to Accra from three weekly flights to daily as customers travel home for the winter holidays. United is also returning its popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa on December 1, 2021.

United's new flights comply with each country's COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before traveling.

It will be recalled that United Airlines previously operated flights between Houston and Lagos until 2016 when the service was cancelled, leaving Delta Air Lines as the only US carrier flying to Nigeria.

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