United Airlines has inaugurated flights between Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS). The airline will be flying a Boeing 787-8 on the route three times per week.
Persecondnews.com reports that on Monday, at Dulles airport, the airline sent the flight off with a grand celebration and reached the next chapter in the airline’s Africa expansion.
According to data obtained by Persecondnews.com, the flight took off from IAD at 19:02. At the time of writing, the aircraft was expected to land in Lagos at 10:48 (all times local). This works out to a flight time of just under ten hours.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Uzoma Emenike, was also in attendance and celebrated the launch. She highlighted the strong business ties between the United States and Nigeria and the importance of this service for government business.
The flight will operate three times per week from the carrier’s Dulles hub on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The airline has scheduled its flights to run on 243-seat Boeing 787-8s. These planes feature 28 of the airline’s newest Polaris lie-flat hard product. There are also 21 premium economy seats onboard.
United also offers two economy products on this plane: 36 extra-legroom economy seats and 158 standard economy seats. Polaris is in a 1-2-1 configuration, giving all passengers direct aisle access. Premium economy, which is similar to a domestic recliner-style first class cabin, is in a 2-3-2 configuration. Lastly, the economy cabin is in a 3-3-3 configuration.