United Announces Service to Ghana, Nigeria and Kingdom of Bahrain in Spring 2010, Adds Non-Stop Service from Chicago to Brussels

New service to Ghana, Nigeria and Kingdom of Bahrain to begin in spring 2010 United to add nonstop service between Chicago and Brussels

United Airlines announced today the airline will inaugurate its first-ever service to Africa in 2010, with one daily, same-plane service from Washington to Accra, Ghana and Lagos,Nigeria.

The airline also will extend its existing daily Washington-Kuwait flight to include Bahrain, and will offer a new non-stop flight between Chicago and Brussels, Belgium. Introduction of all of the new services is subject to government approval.

“Our first-ever non-stop service to Africa will offer customers convenient and comfortable travel opportunities to visit two of the fastest-growing cities in the continent,” says Kevin Knight, senior vice president of planning.

“In addition, our new services to Bahrain and Brussels will open more international routes to our customers throughout Europe and the Middle East.”

The new routes are consistent with the 2010 capacity outlook United provided on its third quarter earnings conference call, and reflect the continuing optimization of United’s international network.


Daily non-stop service from Washington Dulles to Accra, the capital of the west African nation of Ghana, begins on May 2. The flight will continue from Accra to Lagos, Nigeria. The return flight will operate fromLagos to Accra and Washington.  The flights, which will be available for sale this fall, will be operated by Boeing 767 aircraft on the following schedule:

Schedule Depart Arrive Start Date
United 990 Washington to Accra

United 990 Accra to Lagos

10:10 p.m.

2:20 p.m.

12:40 p.m.*

4:25 p.m.

May 2, 2010

May 3, 2010

United 991 Lagos to Accra

United 991 Accra to Washington

* indicates next day arrival

9:15 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

9:20 p.m.

6.25 a.m.*

May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010

“I am delighted that United Airlines, a global leader in the airline industry, has demonstrated the economic wisdom to expand its routes to include destinations in Africa,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois. “African economies are among the fastest growing in the world, registering nearly six percent overall economic growth in 2007, the highest in 20 years.   United’s new routes are an important element in advancing the mutual trade interests of the United States and Africa and I am encouraged by the prospects for enhanced economic prosperity for the three nations.”

Middle East

On April 18, United will launch the only same-plane service operated from the Western Hemisphere to theKingdom of Bahrain. United’s existing non-stop service from Washington Dulles to Kuwait will continue toBahrain, with the return flight also stopping in Kuwait before continuing to Washington.

Flights will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft on the following schedule:

Schedule Depart Arrive Start Date
United 982 Washington to Kuwait

United 982 Kuwait to Bahrain

United 981 Bahrain to Kuwait

United 981 Kuwait to Washington

* indicates next day arrival

6:12 p.m.

2:50 p.m.

9:25 p.m.

11:45 p.m.

1:35 p.m.*

3:55 p.m.

10:30 p.m.

6:47 a.m.*

Existing Service

April 18, 2010

April 18, 2010

Existing Service

The Accra/Lagos and Kuwait/Bahrain flights are conveniently timed for connections at Washington Dulles, United’s principal transatlantic gateway, to and from dozens of cities throughout the Americas.

United offers more than 275 daily departures from Washington Dulles to more than 90 cities.

“We are delighted with United’s announcement,” said Leo Schefer, president of the Washington Airports Task Force. “Service to a new international market expands a region’s trading horizon and increases its competitiveness as a business location and tourist destination.”


Additionally, United will inaugurate non-stop service between Chicago and Brussels on March 28, offering convenient connections on Brussels Airlines – which joins the Star Alliance on Dec. 9 – to points in Europe and Africa.

The Chicago-Brussels services also are timed to offer convenient connections at Chicago O’Hare to and from dozens of cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. As the largest airline in Chicago, United offers more than 570 daily departures to more than 130 cities worldwide.

Chicago-Brussels flights will be operated by Boeing 767 aircraft on the following schedule:

Schedule Depart Arrive Start Date
United 972 Chicago to Brussels

United 973 Brussels to Chicago

* indicates next day arrival

6 p.m.

11 a.m.

9:20 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

March 28, 2010

March 29, 2010

United will continue to offer non-stop service between Washington and Brussels.

Customers seated in United First and United Business cabins aboard all transoceanic B767 flights enjoy United’s International Premier Travel Experience, which includes lie-flat seats, iPod connectivity, more than 150 hours of movies and television shows on-demand, and a selection of appetizers and entrees designed by world-renowned chef Charlie Trotter.

United’s B777 aircraft will be outfitted with new United First and United Business cabins in 2010 and 2011.

About United

United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) operates approximately 3,300* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 1,071 destinations in 171 countries worldwide.

United’s 47,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world.

News releases and other information about United can be found at the company’s Web site at united.com.

*Based on United’s forward-looking flight schedule for October 2009 to October 2010.

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