September 17, (THEWILL) – United Airlines has announced that new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria will begin November 29, subject to government approval.
The airline said it will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria’s largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers, adding that tickets will be available for sale on the airline’s website and the United app this weekend.
Speaking on the new development, Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of international network and alliances said “This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago.
“On behalf of all of United we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service”, Quayle added.
Also speaking, Carl Schultz, acting Vice President of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said “We are honored to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent”.
“Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region’s gateway to the world”, Schultz said.
United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris business class lie-flat seats, 21 United Premium Plus premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus seats and 158 standard economy seats.
This flight is the only service between the U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy products.
Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
This new flight builds on United’s expansion into Africa and solidifies United’s leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline.
Just this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana. And this December and
In addition, United will increase its service to Accra this December/ January, 2022 from three weekly flights to daily as customers travel home for the winter holidays.
United is also returning its popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa on December 1.