United Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Johannesburg and New York/Newark

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United Airlines today announced plans to expand its global route network with a new, nonstop daily service between South Africa and the United States. Starting in Spring 2021, the airline will become the only U.S. airline to operate between Johannesburg and New York/Newark. Together with the airline’s existing 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 carrier.

“This new nonstop service will strengthen our international route network and provide our customers from South Africa with even greater travel choice and the possibility to connect via our New York/Newark hub to destinations across the Americas,” said Marcel Fuchs, United’s Managing Director International Sales. “Connecting Johannesburg to New York will open up new opportunities for both business and leisure travellers and help our customers in South Africa reconnect with friends and family around the world.”

Located just 14 miles from Manhattan, Newark Liberty International Airport offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, with a journey time of less than 30 minutes. 

The new route is subject to government approval and tickets will be available for purchase on united.com and the United app in the coming weeks.

United in South Africa

United has served South Africa since 2019. In addition to the new service from Johannesburg to New York/Newark, United offers its customers from South Africa a seasonal three times weekly nonstop service from Cape Town to New York/Newark. Flights are conveniently timed to connect at United’s New York/Newark hub with an extensive network of services to destinations throughout the Americas.

The United Travel Experience

United’s new service from Johannesburg to New York/Newark will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The revolutionary design of the Dreamliner offers customers many features for increased comfort, such as large windows, spacious overhead storage and modern LED lighting to simulate a full day, helping passengers adjust their internal clock on the trans-Atlantic flight. In addition, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and smoother ride help customers feel rested on arrival.

United Polaris® business class is a premium travel experience that prioritises relaxation and comfort, featuring restaurant-quality inflight dining, premium amenity kits and full flat-bed seats.

Committed to Ensuring a Safe Journey

United is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of every customer’s journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness through its United CleanPlusSM programme. United has teamed up with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to redefine cleaning and health safety procedures from check-in to landing and has implemented more than a dozen new policies, protocols and innovations designed with the safety of customers and employees in mind, including:

  • Requiring all travellers – including crew members – to wear face coverings.
  • Using HEPA filters – in the air and during the entire boarding and deplaning process – to circulate air and remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles.
  • Using electrostatic spraying before departure for enhanced cabin sanitation.
  • Using ultraviolet lighting technology on pilot flight decks to further disinfect the aircraft interior.
  • During check-in, requiring customers to acknowledge they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Offering customers a touchless baggage check-in experience.
  • Boarding fewer customers at a time, from the back of the plane to the front, to allow for more social distancing.

About United

United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.

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