American carrier, United Airlines plans to establish new services from Washington Dulles Airport to Lagos, Nigeria beginning 29th November subject to government approval.
The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria’s largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers.
Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
“This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network and alliances.
“On behalf of all of United we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service,” he added.
“We are honoured to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent,” said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports AAuthority
“Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region’s gateway to the world.”
United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris business class lie-flat 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 U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy product.
With the addition of Washington D.C. to Lagos, United Airlines will be operating four routes to Africa. Just this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana.
Moreover, Washington to Accra will temporarily increase from 3x weekly to daily in preparation for the winter holidays and its popular route, Newark to Cape Town is set to return on December 1.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo