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United Opens New Polaris Lounge in San Francisco

Frankfurt, Germany - July 17, 2014: United Airlines aircraft logo at an aircraft in Frankfurt. United Airlines is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Three years after opening the first Polaris lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, United Airlines will bring the same luxury concept to their San Francisco hub. The carrier will open the first of four premium class lounges scheduled for 2018 on April 30, at San Francisco International Airport.

Flyers in United Airlines’ premium Polaris cabin will soon have more choices to rest between flights at select American gateways. The Chicago-based carrier announced they will open their newest lounge on April 30, 2018, at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The two-level, 28,000 square feet lounge will reflect the local flavors and aesthetics of the city. Featuring 440 seats and 492 power outlets (both traditional and USB), the new lounge will offer flyers 19 different styles of seats. Much like the Polaris lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), private daybeds outfitted by Saks Fifth Avenue and shower suites will be available for weary flyers.

Completing the experience are two dining options: a bistro-style buffet featuring an afternoon ramen bar and entrée choices inspired by the Bay Area, and “The Dining Room”: a restaurant-style dining area with recipes designed by Calfornia’s Chef Tritia Gestuvo. Cocktails available include the Mai Tai, invented in Oakland, along with Pisco Punch – a beverage dating back to the 1849 Gold Rush.

The SFO Polaris Lounge is the first of four scheduled to open in 2018. Additional lounges will be opening throughout the year at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The new lounges are not the only changes Polaris flyers should expect in the near future. Starting May 1, flyers in the premium cabin will receive a pre-landing dessert instead of a pre-departure chocolate, while cooling gel pillows will be placed at every seat starting on July 1. In addition, United plans to add Polaris-outfitted cabins to their fleet at a rate of one aircraft every ten days between now and 2020.

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kirkwoodj April 27, 2018

3 years? 17 months is not 3 years,,,