United-Continental connects Houston to Lagos Non-Stop

United Launches Houston to Lagos Nonstop | Commercial Aviation and Airline News

United Airlines Houston to Lagos Nonstop

United-Continental inaugurated the first scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa with the new non-stop flight connecting Houston with Lagos, Nigeria.  This new service links two energy capitals on a route which no other carrier currently serves.

“The new flights offer convenient nonstop access to Lagos for travelers from Houston’s vibrant energy sector and large Nigerian community, reducing roundtrip travel time between the two cities by more than six hours,” said Jim Compton, United’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “In addition, our Houston hub provides fast and easy connections from destinations across the U.S., and throughout Canada and Latin America.”

The only other US carrier operating non-stop service between the US and Lagos is Delta Air Lines via their Atlanta hub.

Flight 142 departs Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:05 p.m. and arrives at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 1:40 p.m. the following day. On the return, flight 143 departs Lagos at 11:05 p.m., and arrives in Houston at 5:25 a.m. the following day. Flying times are approximately 11 hours, 35 minutes eastbound and 13 hours, 20 minutes westbound.

The flight will be operated using a Continental Boeing 777 with 276 seats; 50 in BusinessFirst and 226 in economy. The 777 features United’s BusinessFirst flat-bed seats which recline 180 degrees with 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space.

Economy class on the 777 is also spacious with a 3 x 3 x 3 seating configuration.  All seats on the Boeing 777 aircraft feature Audio/Video on Demand entertainment systems.

Lagos is the economic, commercial, and cultural center of Nigeria, as well as the most populous country in Africa.  On the Atlantic coast of Africa, Lagos is Nigeria’s leading port for consumer goods, food, motor vehicles, machinery, and other raw materials, with half of Nigeria’s industry located in Lagos’s mainland suburbs.

Delta Air Lines, a direct competitor on the route via Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Airport (ATL) is currently using Airbus A330-200 on the route with Personal TV’s at all seats and a competitive Business Cabin, known as BusinessElite. Delta has rotated between Boeing 767-300ER’s, the Boeing 777-200, and the A330-200 on the route.

Many governments suggest passengers use caution upon arrival into Lagos and be aware of of the many scams you will find in the arrivals area.  If traveling on business, most companies provide security.

To avoid being picked up by a scam artist, it is suggested a security question is established in advance with your driver. Unfortunately, it is a common scam to copy names from name-plaques and you don’t want to leave the airport with an individual who just copied your name from your legitimate driver.

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