United to launch non-stop New York–Cape Town service

The only non-stop flight between the US and Cape Town could shorten travel time by 4 hours

Travellers from the United States could soon get to South Africa faster than before. In December 2019, United Airlines is hoping to kick off a new non-stop service between New York/Newark and Cape Town.

Yesterday, the carrier applied with the US Department of Transportation for authority to begin the new route. If approved, the three-weekly service would be the first non-stop flight connecting Cape Town with the United States. Passengers would profit from a decrease travel time from New York to Cape Town by more than four hours.

United has chosen the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to operate the route featuring 116 seats in United Economy. There will be also 88 seats in United Economy Plus. and 48 seats in United Polaris business class.

“We are always looking at ways to expand our industry-leading international route network to offer our customers more convenient options. We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Africa to our global route offering,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network.

United kicks off record summer schedule with 39 new destinations

Cape Town is not the only new location United has added to its itinerary at New York/Newark.

United’s summer operation called includes 39 new connections — Shutterstock United to launch non-stop New York–Cape Town service
United’s summer operation includes 39 new connections — Shutterstock

“We are particularly excited to add our newest destinations, Naples and Prague, to our ever-growing route map,” Patrick Quayle said announcing the carrier’s busiest summer schedule so far.

The summer operation called Around the World in 31 Ways includes 39 new connections extending United’s presence to 54 countries overall.

The airline officially began flying the schedule on 30 March. They launched a non-stop service between San Francisco and Amsterdam. With this flight, United is the only US carrier to connect customers between the Bay Area and the Netherlands.

Beginning on 2 May, the airline will start daily non-stop service between Denver and Frankfurt, Germany — the only nonstop flight operated by a US carrier.