United Airlines on Friday launched a new service to Accra adding to the airline’s long-haul list with tickets already up for sale from May 14. This new service will be the only nonstop flight between Washington Dulles International Airport and Accra, Ghana.
United re-launches this service after eight years, with the new flights set to operate eastbound from WashingtonDulles on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and westboundfrom Accra, Ghana on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdayswith just 5,282 miles between the two destinations.
The 10hr service will be operated with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and will feature 243 seats, including 28 Polaris (business class) seats, 21 Premium Plus (premium economy) seats, 36 Economy Plus seats, and 159 economy seats.
United Airlines entry to this route will add much needed competition to Delta’s dominance as Delta Airlines has been the only carrier flying nonstop and connecting both countries via their Accra – New York service, while the soon to be revived South African Airways, which cut its fifth freedom route between the destinations back in 2019 flew between Accra and Washington DC.
In addition, United Airlines is aiming at adding three times weekly service to Lagos, Nigeria from Washington Dulles which are set to begin later this year and daily service to Johannesburg, South Africa from Newark beginning 3rd June and will complement United’s existing seasonal Summer service, resuming from 3rd June running through to October 29th.
The new Accra service will operate with the following flightschedule:
UA996 Washington to Accra departing 6:05PM arriving 8:40AM (+1 day)
UA997 Accra to Washington departing 11:45PM arriving 6:35AM (+1 day)
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo