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United Airlines has the most impressive international route network of any US carrier. Over the past few years it has added flights to tons of secondary cities in Europe, multiple flights to Australia and New Zealand, and continues to add new destinations each year. Rumors are out today that the Chicago-based carrier will be adding nonstop flights between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg starting in March.
United currently serves South Africa from both Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Flights to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) run 3x weekly and are daily to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) from Newark. Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and Washington DC are also served 3x weekly.
If United adds service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) it has not yet been speculated on frequency. It’s assumed that the carrier would employ a Boeing 787-9 for the 8,708 miles on this route. No official announcement has been made, but word has popped up here and from @JonNYC.
Anthony’s Take: We were supposed to fly to South Africa, but the pandemic cancelled those plans. If this new route comes to fruition, it will be really convenient for us to go. Unfortunately, this rumor has been debunked and UA has not confirmed this flight.
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