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United Airlines to Launch Service From Washington D.C. to Lagos, Nigeria in November

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

Starting November 29, 2021, United Airlines will launch three weekly flights between Washington D.C. to Lagos, Nigeria. The route will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 Polaris, 21 Premium Plus, 36 Economy Plus and 158 Economy seats.


United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy United Airlines

On Friday (September 17, 2021), United Airlines announced the launch of three weekly flights between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria starting November 29, 2021. The route will be serviced with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris® lie-flat Business Class seats, 21 Premium Plus® seats, 36 Economy Plus® seats and 158 standard economy seats. The flights will be to only service between to U.S. and Nigeria offering the premium economy product and will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The return flights from Lagos will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.


In Friday’s announcement, United Airlines’ Vice President of International Networks and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, said,


“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. 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.”


Also commenting on the new service to Lagos, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Acting VP of Airline Business development, Carl Schultz, added,


“We are honored to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent. Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world.”

The new service to Lagos builds on United’s expansion in Africa and solidifies the carrier’s leadership position to Africa from Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg and from Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana. This December and January, the carrier will increase service to Accra from three weekly flights to daily service, and from December 1st, United will resume service between New York/Newark and Cape Town.


United Airlines’ shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated over 1.7 million flights carrying over 162 million guests. United Airlines operates the most comprehensive network among North American carriers with mainland U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL.’



Source: United Airlines/Cision

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