United Airlines has filed an application with the US department of transportation (DOT) for three weekly non-stop flights between Washington DC and Cape Town.
United’s proposed service would begin on November 17 and operate on Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
If approved, the airline said the flights between Dulles and Cape Town will connect 55 cities across the US to SA’s Mother City, representing more than 90% of the entire US travel demand to Cape Town.
The airline said this will benefit important government-to-government connections and increase communication and commerce.
Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice-president of international network and alliances, said: “If awarded by the DOT, this historic non-stop service will significantly enhance travel options for consumers, strengthen ties between our countries legislative and diplomatic epicentres, and benefit thriving travel and tourism industries serving our respective countries.”