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United Airlines plans seasonal Cape Town flight

The flight time between Newark and Cape Town is about 16 hours, which would likely make it one of United's longest nonstops in terms of hours flying.

United Airlines announced plans to begin seasonal service to Cape Town, South Africa, from its Newark hub in December.

The carrier says that it would like to serve the nonstop route three times weekly using a 252-seat Boeing 787-9, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“We are always looking at ways to expand our industry-leading international route network to offer our customers more convenient options,” says Patrick Quayle, vice-president of international network at Chicago-based United.

“We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Africa to our global route offering,” he added.

The flight time between Newark and Cape Town is about 16 hours, which would likely make it one of United’s longest nonstops in terms of hours flying.

If approved by the government, United would begin service between Newark and South Africa on December 15.

Cape Town is also a base for the airline’s Star Alliance partner South African Airways. SAA serves New York John F Kennedy and Washington Dulles airports from its Johannesburg hub.

More: flightglobal

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