United Airlines to Become First Carrier to Fly Non-Stop Between Washington D.C. and Cape Town, South Africa

July 28, 2022

United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

United Airlines today announced the addition of new direct flights between Washington Dulles Airport and Cape Town, South Africa.

Starting on November 17, 2022, United will offer three weekly direct flights between the two cities, marking the first non-stop flights from D.C. to Cape Town.

United Airlines is expanding its service to Africa with the addition of new flights to Cape Town. In addition, United will offer a total of 19 weekly flights to Africa from destinations including Newark to Johannesburg plus routes from Washington D.C., and Chicago. This new route provides travelers with easy access to explore all that Cape Town and South Africa have to offer.

"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." 

New United Flights Will Connect 55 U.S. Cities

The new United flights will connect Cape Town to 55 U.S. cities, representing more than 92% of the U.S. travel demand. This will allow customers to connect in Cape Town to other cities 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.

This is significant because prior to the new United flight, Washington, D.C. to Cape Town was the largest route between the U.S. and Cape Town without nonstop service. D.C. is also home to the fifth largest South-African-born population, making the new flights a much anticipated addition.

The new route will be flown by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which features 48 lie-flat seats in United Polaris business class, 21 seats in United Premium Plus and 188 economy seats.

All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment for ease of travel.

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