United Airlines resumes US-Nigeria flight operations after five-year break


United Airlines says it has commenced flight operations from Washington, United States, to Lagos, Nigeria.

The new service marks the airline’s return to Nigeria since it left in 2016 over foreign exchange crisis.

In a statement, the airline announced that its inaugural flight from Washington arrived in Lagos yesterday.

It stated that with three weekly flights, United is the “first and only airline serving Washington, D.C. nonstop from Lagos.”

“The flight is operated with state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring United’s award-winning United PolarisSM business class cabin and United Premium PlusSM premium economy,” the statement reads.

The airline said that a water cannon salute marked the arrival of United flight UA612. It added that Oluwatomi Bola-Sadipe, United’s country sales manager, Nigeria, Victoria Shin-Aba, regional general manager at Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and Claire Pierangelo, US consul general, welcomed the first arriving United customers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA).

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