United to Launch U.S. to S. Africa Route

United hopes to begin three flights a week to Cape Town from New York City’s New York/ Newark Liberty Airport beginning December 2019. Earlier this week, United applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin new service between Newark and Cape Town International Airport. This new proposed route will decrease the current travel time between New York and Cape Town by more than four hours. Furthermore, this route will provide travelers from more than 80 U.S. cities with one easy stop and access to Cape Town. Once approved, United service will operate with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will feature 48 seats in United Polaris Business class, 88 seats in Economy Plus, and 116 seats in United Economy. Cape Town is the biggest city in Africa that does not have non-stop service from North America. Currently, all flights usually land in Johannesburg. Not only is Cape Town the oldest city in South Africa, it is the center of trade and commerce and home to some of the most popular attractions in the region.

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