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United Airlines inaugurates nonstop daily service from New York to Johannesburg

Posted 7 June 2021 · Add Comment

United Airlines has inaugurated its nonstop daily service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport, with the arrival of the first flight into Johannesburg on June 5.


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The new service is operated with state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring United’s award- winning United PolarisSM business class cabin and United Premium PlusSM premium economy seats. Together with the airline’s seasonal, three-times weekly service between Cape Town and New York/Newark, United will offer more nonstop services from South Africa than any other U.S airline and is the only airline providing a daily nonstop service between Johannesburg and New York.


A special (grey) water salute marked the arrival of United flight UA188 from New York/Newark, with Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Z. Mpofu, CEO Airports Company South Africa, Todd Haskell, Chargé d'Affaires U.S. Mission to South Africa and Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, South Africa Minister of Tourism welcoming the first arriving United customers at O.R. Tambo International Airport.


“We are excited to inaugurate our new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, which further expands our Africa route network and provides our customers from South Africa with even greater travel choices via our New York/Newark hub to as many as 80 U.S. destinations this year,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of International Network and Alliances. “This service, operated with a brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offers our customers from South Africa our newest, award-winning aircraft, featuring our United Polaris suites and United Premium Plus seats.”

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