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United Applies to Launch First-Ever Nonstop Service Between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town

United Airlines (United) recently announced that it has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for three weekly nonstop flights between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town, South Africa.

If approved, United's flights will become the first nonstop service ever between Washington D.C. and South Africa's legislative capital, Cape Town. This long-overdue route will benefit important government-to-government connections and increase communication and commerce with a region that has strong cultural ties to South Africa.

United's proposed service would begin November 17, and operate on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, maximised to meet consumer demand and benefit both US and South African travellers. If approved, the flights between Dulles and Cape Town will connect 55 cities across the US to Cape Town, representing more than 90 percent of the entire US travel demand to Cape Town. United's Washington Dulles hub is a gateway to the nation's capital and elsewhere, operating more than 230 daily flights to nearly 100 destinations around the world – including more than 10 world capitals and new service to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria.

"From creating new jobs, to supporting key civic and aid organisations, United has taken tremendous pride in growing our family and operations in South Africa, and across the African continent," said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of international network and alliances, United. "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."