United Airlines applies to start new New York-Cape Town route

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United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin a new service between New York/Newark Liberty International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

United said it plans to operate non-stop three-times weekly flights to Cape Town starting in December 2019. If approved, United’s service between New York/Newark and Cape Town will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

“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 United’s vice president of international network, Patrick Quayle.

“This new flight will provide customers with the only nonstop service between the United States and Cape Town.”

United’s nonstop service between New York/Newark and Cape Town would decrease the current travel time from New York to Cape Town by more than four hours and provide customers from more than 80 US cities with easy one-stop access to Cape Town.