United in May of next year plans to introduce its first service to the African continent with the launch of flights from its Washington Dulles hub to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria.
The carrier plans to offer once-daily, same plane service from Washington with a Boeing 767 to each city beginning 2 May.
Additionally, United plans to extend its daily Washington-Kuwait flight operated with a Boeing 777 to include Bahrain beginning 18 April.
From its Chicago hub United on 28 March aims to introduce new service to Brussels operated by 767s. The new flight will allow United's passengers to connect on flights offered by future fellow Star Alliance member Brussels Airlines, who is scheduled to officially join the group on 9 December.
In a statement United explains the new routes are consistent with the 2010 capacity outlook United supplied at the release of its third quarter earnings and "reflect the continuing optimization of United's international network".
For the full year 2010 United estimates mainline capacity to fall 0.5% to 1.5% while consolidated capacity could be down 0.5% to up 0.5%.