United Airlines plans to start flights between Washington, DC and Lagos, Nigeria in November
“This new flight to Lagos has been eagerly awaited by our customers and offers the very first non-stop service between Washington DC and Nigeria, plus convenient one-stop-shop connections to over 80 destinations across the Americas, including Houston and Chicago,” noted Patrick quayle, vice president of United’s international network and alliances. “On behalf of all of United, we would like to sincerely thank the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the US Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service.”
“We are honored to be working with our partners at United Airlines to host their second non-stop service from Dulles International to the African continent,” said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “Lagos joins nearly 50 other non-stop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region’s gateway to the world. “
United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 28 United Polaris® reclining business class 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 United States and Nigeria to offer a high-end economic product. Flights will depart Washington DC Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
This new flight builds on United’s expansion into Africa and consolidates United’s leadership position for Africa from the DC metro area, with more flights to the mainland than any other airline. Again this year, United launched a new service between new York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington DC and Accra, Ghana. And in December and January, United will increase their service to Accra three weekly flights every day * when customers return home for winter vacation. United are also making their service popular between new York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa to 1st December.
United’s new flights comply with each country’s COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before traveling.
Facilitate international travel
United is the only US airline to offer its own one-stop-shop where customers can easily “prepare to travel” by finding a location to schedule a COVID-19 test as well as downloading and storing their test results and records vaccination directly via the airline website and award winning mobile app with the Center ready for travel. The airline’s easy-to-use travel tool available on United’s mobile app makes it easy for customers to reduce stress and save valuable time at the airport at their fingertips. United too announced a collaboration with Abbott and became the first U.S. carrier to set up an easy way for international travelers to bring a CDC-approved test with them, self-administer abroad, and return home.
United is more than ever focused on its commitment to its customers and employees. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently:
- launched a ambitious plan to transform United’s customer experience by adding and modernizing hundreds of aircraft, as well as investing in features like larger overhead compartments, backrest entertainment in every seat, and the most available Wi-Fi industry fast.
- Announcement of a creation goal of 25,000 unionized jobs by 2026 which includes careers as pilots, flight attendants, agents, technicians and dispatchers.
- Announced that United will train at least 5,000 pilots by 2030 through the United Aviation Academy, with at least half the plan being women and people of color.
- Required all U.S. employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
- It became the first airline to offer customers the ability to check their destination’s travel requirements, schedule COVID-19 tests and more on its mobile app and website.
- Investing in emerging technologies designed to decarbonize air transport, such as an agreement to work with an urban air mobility company Archer, an investment in the aircraft startup Heart Aerospace and a purchase agreement with Supersonic boom.
- Committed to go 100% green by 2050 by reducing 100% of our greenhouse gas emissions without relying on traditional carbon offsets, including a recent agreement to purchase one and a half times the amount of all other public commitments of sustainable aviation fuel publicly announced by other airlines around the world.
- Removed modification fees for all economy and premium cabin tickets to travel to the United States
United’s common goal is “Connect people. Unite the world”. In 2019, carriers United and United Express® operated over 1.7 million flights carrying over 162 million customers. United has the most comprehensive route network among North American carriers, including hubs from the Americas to Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, new York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, DC To learn more about how to join the United team, please visit united.com/careers and more information about the company is at united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc. is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.
* daily flights to Accra this winter are subject to government approval
SOURCE United Airlines