United inaugurates new flights to Africa

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Star Alliance carrier United Airlines has officially extended its network to Africa with the 20 June launch of flights from its hub at Washington Dulles to Accra, Ghana.

United is operating the new daily service with a Boeing 767-300ER.

When the airline announced the route in November 2009, United was originally planning to have the flight continue onward to Lagos, Nigeria. "We are still working on securing all of the government approvals in Nigeria," says a United spokesman, who also notes that the airline is still expecting to serve Lagos, but is unsure when the service will begin.

The new routes to Accra and Lagos were originally scheduled to begin in early May. But United says the launch date was delayed to build up Accra bookings.

The route also makes United the second US carrier to currently serve all six inhabited continents. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines also marked that milestone when it launched service from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia last year.