United Adds Nonstop Newark-Cape Town flight
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United Airlines will become the first U.S. airline to fly non-stop between North America and Cape Town, South Africa. The airline adds the flight between Newark (EWR) and Cape Town (CPT) this December.
The carrier is seeking permission for the route from the U.S. Department of Transportation. If approved, the route would fly three-times weekly on a seasonal basis.
“This new flight will provide customers with the only nonstop service between the United States and Cape Town,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network, United Airlines.
The flight would use a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft fitted with business, Economy Plus, and economy class seating. The departing flight would leave Newark at 8:30 p.m., and arrive in Cape Town at 6 p.m., the following day. The return leg would leave Cape Town at 8:50 p.m., local time, and arrive back in to the New York area at 5:45 a.m., the next day.
The service, if approved, will fly Dec. 15 through March.