The Lagos – Houston route was the last direct flight United Airlines operated to the continent. But this was discontinued in mid-2016 because of poor financial performance and weakness in the global oil sector.
Now, the airline has just announced that it plans to resume direct flights to the continent, with 3x weekly seasonal nonstop flights between Cape Town and Newark starting December 2019. The airline has applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin the service and it is expected that approval will be granted.
This will be the only nonstop service between the US and Cape Town and the proposed schedule is as follows:
According to United, the flights will be operated with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which features 48 seats in the United Polaris business class (we are uncertain if any of United’s 787-9s have been configured with the Polaris business class), 88 seats in United Economy Plus and 116 seats in United Economy.