On the sixtieth anniversary of the opening of Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport, United Airways celebrated the launch of its new service to Cape City in South Africa. The route formally positions the airline as the primary US provider to offer a continuous, round-trip flight service connecting the 2 cities.
A heartwarming welcome to Cape City
On November seventeenth, the inaugural flight service UA 2222 was operated utilizing N24979, a two-and-a-half-year-old Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner retrofitted for 257 passengers in a three-cabin configuration. The widebody plane departed from Washington Dulles Airport at roughly 00:19 earlier than touchdown at Cape City Worldwide Airport at 13:50.
The primary passengers to fly the continuous service from Washington Dulles Airport, together with the airline’s Vice President, stepped onto the Cape City Worldwide Airport apron and had been greeted by native officers. Members of the Western Cape authorities and the Metropolis of Cape City, Wesgro’s Cape City Air Entry group, and the native proficient Cape Minstrels band had been additionally there to warmly welcome passengers.
Mayoral Committee Member for Financial Progress on the Metropolis of Cape City, Alderman James Vos, stated in his welcoming speech:
“The touchdown of this flight from Washington signifies our vacation spot energy and the success of the Metropolis’s mission to attach with extra supply markets via the Air Entry initiative, intelligent campaigns, and city-to-city agreements. We stay up for the bumper summer season season forward, and we want to thank United Airways for its continued dedication to our vacation spot.”
Then at roughly 19:01, the passengers on the return flight UA 2223 had been warmly despatched off because the plane departed Cape City earlier than returning house to Washington at round 10:51 the following day. All timings are in UTC. The flight service was flown once more on November nineteenth and can be flown thrice weekly on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday to enrich United Airways’ year-round, thrice-weekly flight service between Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport and Cape City.
Boosting financial ties
The launch of United Airways’ new route additionally symbolizes rising financial ties between the US and Africa. The US has traditionally been Cape City’s third largest worldwide market, with two-way passenger volumes between the US and Cape City equalling 213,000 passengers in 2019. Primarily based on earlier route introductions, it’s estimated that this new direct route will lead to a passenger stimulus of a minimum of 25% for Cape City.
And regarding air cargo, a complete of 686 metric tonnes was transported between Cape City and the US inside the first quarter of this yr, representing an important 74% restoration charge in comparison with the identical interval in 2019. In 2021, an estimated 2,384 metric tonnes of cargo was transported on the identical route, representing an estimated 50% restoration charge in comparison with 2019.
The enhance in air journey and air cargo will definitely play a big function within the restoration and future progress of the African aviation business, as emphasised by Western Cape Minister of Finance and Financial Alternatives, Mireille Wenger:
“Tourism is a serious contributor to the Western Cape, supporting nearly 175,000 jobs and producing roughly R15.5 billion in gross worth added to the financial system in 2019. We’re excited to welcome United Airways’ direct flights from New York. Not solely do these flights enhance tourism, however additionally they present nice alternatives to export proudly Western Cape items through air cargo.”
With the introduction of UA 2222 and UA 2223, an estimated 191 worldwide flights will come into Cape City every week from January subsequent yr. The brand new route additionally makes enterprise journey simpler to spice up funding and commerce alternatives, and airfares between airways may even be extra aggressive for the advantage of passengers.
- IATA/ICAO Code:
- Airline Kind:
- Full Service Provider
- Chicago O’Hare Worldwide Airport, Denver Worldwide Airport, Guam Worldwide Airport, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Los Angeles Worldwide Airport, Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport, San Francisco Worldwide Airport, Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport
- 12 months Based:
- Star Alliance
- Scott Kirby
- United States
- Inventory Code:
- Date Based:
- Dave Calhoun
- Headquarters Location:
- Chicago, USA
- Key Product Strains:
- Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787
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