United launches Lagos service

United launches Lagos service

United Airlines has announced the schedule for its new service between Lagos and Washington D.C., United’s second destination on the African continent, beginning 13 December 2010.

The U.S. bound service from Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport begins on 13 December with the departure of United 991 at 9:30 p.m.  After a stop in Accra, Ghana, the flight will continue to Washington D.C. arriving the next day at 6:11 a.m.  United 990 will depart Washington Dulles International Airport daily at 10:43 p.m., arriving in Lagos at 5:35 p.m. the next day, after a stop in Accra.

United’s flights to and from Lagos are conveniently timed to provide connections to and from dozens of points across North America.  At its Washington Dulles hub, United operates nearly 300 daily departures.

“We are grateful to the Honorable Fidelia Akuabata Njeze, the Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Dr. Harold Demuren, director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and their colleagues for their commitment to launching this new service between Washington D.C. and this vibrant Nigerian city,” said Jeff Smisek, president and chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings. “This service will facilitate stronger commercial and cultural ties between the United States and Nigeria, while providing new options and convenience for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Flights from Lagos will be operated with Boeing 767 aircraft, featuring United’s International Premium Travel Experience.  Customers in United First® and United Business® may enjoy more than 150 hours of on-demand entertainment on 15.4-inch personal monitors, connect their iPods via connectivity outlets, relax with fully lie-flat seats and savor world-class cuisine with United’s exclusive menu options. The Boeing 767 features six seats in United First, 26 seats in United Business, and 151 seats in United Economy®, including 74 United Economy Plus® seats with added legroom and more personal space.