United is the first and only airline serving Washington D.C. nonstop from Lagos
United Airlines has begun its non-stop service between its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
With three weekly flights, United is the first and only airline serving Washington, DC non-stop from Lagos.
The flight is operated with state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring United’s award-winning Polaris business class cabin and United Premium Plus premium economy seats.
The service marks United’s return to Nigeria, which the airline previously served until 2016.
A water cannon salute marked the arrival of flight UA612 with Oluwatomi Bola-Sadipe United country sales manager Nigeria, Victoria Shin-Aba Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) regional general manager and Claire Pierangelo US consul general welcoming the first arriving United customers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
“The flight from Lagos re-inforces our ongoing commitment to growing our network in Africa and providing more convenient service to the destinations our customers want to fly to most,” said Patrick Quayle, United senior vice president international network planning and alliances. “The service will provide a key gateway between Lagos and Washington DC, an easy one-stop connections to almost 80 destinations across the Americas, including Houston and Chicago.”
“This exciting initiative expands our economic relationship, promotes people-to-people ties and creates new opportunities for United, travel companies and customers alike,” said Mary Beth Leonard US ambassador to Nigeria.
The service builds on United’s expansion into Africa and solidifies the airline’s leadership position from Africa to the US.
Earlier United launched a new service between Johannesburg and New York/Newark and between Accra and Washington, DC. This December and January, United will increase its Accra service from three weekly flights to daily. United will also bring back its popular nonstop service between Cape Town and New York/Newark on 1 December 2021.
United’s flights will comply with each countries’ COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before travelling.