Delta, United Announce Cape Town Service Details

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines each will begin new service to Cape Town, South Africa, this year, the companies announced this week.

The two carriers had been at odds with each other as both had made requests for three of the four remaining weekly frequencies between the United States and South Africa allowed under the US-South Africa Air Transport Agreement. The Department of Transport of the Republic of South Africa in June agreed to allow the addition of two frequencies, and the US Department of Transportation has granted three weekly frequencies each to Delta and United.

United will commence its thrice-weekly nonstop service between Washington-DC and Cape Town on Nov. 17, subject to approval by the South Africa government, according to the carrier. United will operate the route with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamline aircraft, with 48 lie-flat, Polaris business class seats, 21 Premium Plus seats and 188 Economy seats. Tickets are on sale now.

Delta will operate nonstop Atlanta-Cape Town service on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning Dec. 17, using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which will have four cabins: One Suites, Premium Select, Comfort-plus and Main Cabin. The carrier has two configurations for the A350-900, one with 306 seats and one with 339 seats.

In addition, Delta plans to begin twice-daily nonstop service on Dec. 17 between Los Angeles and Miami, using a Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. Also on Dec. 17, the carrier will add nonstop service between Los Angeles and Tahiti, operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Beginning in May, Delta plans to add service between Atlanta and Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using an Airbus A350-900.

All four of these new routes go on sale July 30.

Further, Delta will offer Premium Select seating on domestic US routes for the first time this winter on service between Atlanta and Maui, between New York-JFK and Honolulu, and between Salt Lake City and Maui. The new Atlanta-Maui route will launch Nov. 19, while the new JFK-Honolulu route and returning Salt Lake City-Maui route will launch Dec. 17.

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