United Airlines has announced the next step in its commitment to making more customers more comfortable by adding more than 1,600 United Polaris® business class and United First seats to nearly 250 international and domestic aircraft.
“In an era where many airlines are adding seats to their aircraft to crowd more passengers onto the plane, we’re re-configuring more than 100 of our aircraft and doing exactly the opposite – for the benefit of our customers,” said Andrew Nocella, United’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
In the next several weeks, United will introduce to its fleet the first of 21 reconfigured Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 16 additional United Polaris business seats in the premium cabin – a more than 50 percent increase in all-aisle-access seating – bringing the total premium cabin seat count to 46.
“We’ve been really impressed with United’s investment in and roll-out of its premium product, particularly on its trans-Pacific routes”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.
“We expect these additional Polaris business class and United First seats to be upgrade-friendly, which is terrific for frequent United flyers. They’ll also be very attractive to new United customers. It’s a great move by the airline”, added Hosper.
The newly reconfigured aircraft will also feature 22 United® Premium Plus seats; 47 Economy Plus® seats and 52 Economy seats.
United will first operate the reconfigured 767 – which will feature the highest proportion of premium seats on any widebody operated by any U.S. carrier – between Newark/New York and London, offering 50 percent more premium seats in the largest premium route in the world.
The airline expects to introduce all the reconfigured aircraft to its fleet by the end of next year.
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