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United to Launch Flights Between Washington and Cape Town



United Airlines will launch new direct flights between Washington D.C and Cape Town on 17 November, 2022, making it the first airline to provide nonstop service between Washington and South Africa.


The three-weekly service will be operated using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring 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.


Tickets for flights between Washington and Cape Town are already on sale 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 U.S. 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 the new flights to Cape Town, the airline launched nonstop flights from New York/Newark to Johannesburg and Washington D.C. to Accra and Lagos in 2021. 


Prior to the new service, Washington, D.C. to Cape Town was the largest route between the U.S. and Cape Town without nonstop service, and D.C. is also home to the fifth largest South-African-born population.


United's new flights will connect Cape Town to 55 U.S. cities, representing more than 92% of the U.S. travel demand.


The new flights will also allow customers to connect in Cape Town to other points in South Africa, and 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 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 Africa, whose mission is to make travel to African countries easy, immersive, and life changing for millions of the African Diaspora across the United States. 


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

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