United requests authorization to fly nonstop between Washington D.C. and Cape Town

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United Airlines announced Wednesday that it has submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for nonstop flights between Washington D.C. and Cape Town, South Africa. This long-awaited route will benefit important government-to-government connections and increase communication and trade with a region that has strong cultural ties to South Africa.

If approved by the Department of Transportation, these flights will become the first non-stop service between Washington D.C. and South Africa’s legislative capital, Cape Town.

FAA authorizes United to resume Boeing 777s with P&W 4000 engines.

United’s proposed service would begin on November 17, 2022 and would operate three times weekly with 787-9 aircraft, maximized to meet consumer demand and benefit both U.S. and South African travelers.

United’s proposed flights would complement the airline’s existing service to Cape Town and Johannesburg from New York/Newark.

“From creating new jobs, to supporting key civic and aid organizations, United has taken tremendous pride in growing our family and operations in South Africa, and across the African continent,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances. “If awarded by the DOT, this historic nonstop service will significantly enhance travel options for consumers, strengthen ties between our countries legislative and diplomatic epicenters, and benefit thriving travel and tourism industries serving our respective countries.”