Hello everyone! United has just announced today that they will be starting a new route in December from EWR. Their new route will be Cape Town, South Africa! This flight will be around 14 1/2 hours to Cape Town and around 16 hours back. The route will be operated by a United 787-9 Dreamliner. I think this is a great way to expand their route network down into Africa. Also starting to compete with Delta on DL’s ATL-JNB route.
So now, what are your thoughts on this? Good or bad idea for United Airlines?
And also JFK-JNB with South African Airways. Plus, you could include SAA’s service from IAD to JNB (with stopovers in Dakar and Lagos). In theory, SAA should serve at EWR alongside United since they’re Star Alliance partners. JFK and EWR are two different animals though.
Nice to see two US airlines in the African market now. Still awaiting American Airlines to make a move.