United Airlines announced on Wednesday that the carrier will add more than 1,600 Polaris and United First Class Seats to its fleet of regional, domestic and international aircraft. Company officials say the move will involve reconfiguring more than 100 Boeing and Airbus planes as well as adding new Bombardier aircraft over the next several months.
United Airlines said on Wednesday it will dramatically increase the number of premium cabin seats available systemwide. The airline announced plans to add more than 1,600 Polaris Business Class and United First Class seats to its inventory. According to the carrier, the expansion of premium cabin offerings will involve retrofitting at least 100 aircraft currently in service.
“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,” United Airlines CCO Andrew Nocella said in a statement announcing the ambitious upgrades. https://hub.united.com/united-airline-premium-seats-aircraft-2628147847.html “From adding more premium seats on aircraft that serve some of our most traveled routes, introducing a revolutionary, best-in-class 50-seat experience or simply offering free DIRECTV on more than 200 aircraft, we are committed to making United the airline that our customers choose to fly.”
The plans include adding 16 additional Polaris seats to the airline’s fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The first of 21 retrofitted 767s are expected to enter service prior to the summer travel season. The reconfigured cabins will debut on the route between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The new configuration will also include 22 United Premium Plus seats and 47 Economy Plus seats.
The legacy carrier will also upgrade its Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. By the end of the year, United will add four first class seats to the fleet of A319 planes. The new configuration will also include a total of 36 Economy Plus seats. Meanwhile, the airline will also install an additional four first class seats on its more than 100 Airbus A230 planes and increase the total number of Economy Plus seats to 39 on those planes.
While these moves are good news for international and domestic mainline elite flyers, regional air travelers haven’t been forgotten. United says its new 50-seat Bombardier CRJ 550 planes will include 10 United First seats and 20 Economy Plus seats. The two-cabin regional jets will also offer additional space for carry-on items and offer “more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by any U.S. carrier .”
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