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Everything You Want to Know About Where to Sit on 763 High J (46/22/43/56) Polaris+PP

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Old Apr 22, 19, 1:48 pm
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Everything You Want to Know About Where to Sit on 763 High J (46/22/43/56) Polaris+PP

I'm looking at flight options for an upcoming trip, and one of the segments shows this 767-300 layout. What version is this? Polaris through row 18, and a 2-2-2 configuration in E+ for rows 20-23? And what's up with the empty space in the middle between row 16 and row 21? Is this just because they haven't assigned an actual plane yet, so the seat configuration is subject to change?
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Old Apr 22, 19, 2:48 pm
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76L "High-J" Polaris/PE configuration. The first four rows after Polaris are 2-2-2 PE; the rest of the blue seats are normal E+. Given the seatmap, they are probably going to fly it that way, but there is only one frame (N666UA) thus configured so there is always significant risk. There is a lav in the middle row rows 17-18 on the 76L (believe the door faces aft?).
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Old Apr 22, 19, 3:00 pm
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
The first four rows after Polaris are 2-2-2 PE; the rest of the blue seats are normal E+. Given the seatmap, they are probably going to fly it that way, but there is only one frame (N666UA) thus configured so there is always significant risk.
Out of curiosity, why is there only one frame configured that way? Was it a test version for something, or used for another purpose? And, as far as PE seats are concerned, I should be able to select one of those seats as if it was a standard E+ seat, correct?
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Old Apr 22, 19, 3:58 pm
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Out of curiosity, why is there only one frame configured that way? ...
So far, more to come
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Old Apr 22, 19, 4:25 pm
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Isn't this the new configuration 763 that was announced a few months ago with more premium seats for the premium int'l markets? Or just the roll-out of int'l with PE?
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Old Apr 22, 19, 4:29 pm
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Isn't this the new configuration 763 that was announced a few months ago with more premium seats for the premium int'l markets? ...
Yes
First of 17 -- 4 in the shop for conversion at the moment
https://sites.google.com/site/united...polaris-update

The previous 3-class 763 have been converted to Polaris - no PP yet.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 8:27 pm
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And, as far as PE seats are concerned, I should be able to select one of those seats as if it was a standard E+ seat, correct?
For now yes, until they get assigned to routes where P+ is sold. It will need several ships in this configuration for that to happen.
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Old May 21, 19, 10:04 am
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I am doing one of my 4 yearly trips back home to UK around 28th June and it seems nearly all the flights are now this config for EWR to LHR (shame because I actually do not like the new Polaris seats because the try design under the TV is WAY too low and at 6' 4 " , I cannot get my knees under (sucks)).

Anyway, I will be taking my 7 year old daughter with me, and will use GPUs (having to do that annoying 3 times a day search EVERY day to catch the PZ opening up).
I guess one thing I could do, is just book the flight knowing I can get Premium seats, then just hope the GPUs clear. Some flights have over 40 seats still open , so maybe a good chance? Is there a better chance of clearing if I fly on a Saturday, historically, does anyone know ?

I was wondering if you could help advise on what seat config to get, so that I can easily keep an eye on her/ help her with dinner etc.

For example is say 1L/F , 3L/F easy, or would the 4 A/D config be better, or even say 4A/5A ....
Also, should I ask this in the main 767-300 polaris thread as it seems the seat config is the same , just less seats, right ? thx
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I think the even A/D combination is about as good as you can get for being able to keep an eye on another seat, but there is no particularly good setup for that. So far they are blocking all the extra Polaris seats (over the standard 763) so I would think a waitlisted upgrade has a pretty good shot. Depends on your tolerance for doing it in the 2-block of Y.
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Old May 21, 19, 10:18 am
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I think the even A/D combination is about as good as you can get for being able to keep an eye on another seat, but there is no particularly good setup for that. So far they are blocking all the extra Polaris seats (over the standard 763) so I would think a waitlisted upgrade has a pretty good shot. Depends on your tolerance for doing it in the 2-block of Y.
Cool , thanks !

What do you mean by "2-block of Y"?

Also, do you know if the armrests lift up in the premium seats?

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Old May 21, 19, 10:26 am
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Also, do you know if the armrests lift up in the premium seats?
Having just flown LHR-EWR this past Saturday in a Premium Plus seat, I can confirm that the arm rests do NOT lift up in those seats
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Old May 21, 19, 10:36 am
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Cool , thanks !

What do you mean by "2-block of Y"?
The AB or KL pairs in standard 2-3-2 Economy on the 763. There are only 3 aircraft in the high-J config at the moment, so as long as UA is not selling PE then I would plan for a possibility of an aircraft swap to a different 763 config.
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I was wondering if you could help advise on what seat config to get, so that I can easily keep an eye on her/ help her with dinner etc.
I have been on this configuration a half dozen times already on EWR-LHR runs. I would suggest (in business) an odd numbered F seat and a sequentially one number higher even L seat (e.g. 3F and 4L). This is because the row numbers are misaligned between the center and window sections (presumably to keep the straight seats as all odd numbers) and these seats will be close together directly across the aisle.

As another note, this configuration usually flies the 6pm EWR-LHR followed by the 7:55am LHR-EWR return. They do only sell 30 business seats and I have been able to stand by without any issues onto these flights in business when originally booking flights later in the day even when these flights are “sold out” in business. Pretty much everyone gets upgraded and even non revs have an easy time getting business (unless the whole plane is oversold due to the drop in economy seats on the swap forcing operational upgrades) with about half the flights I have been on going out with empty seats in business.
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Old May 21, 19, 10:59 am
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The AB or KL pairs in standard 2-3-2 Economy on the 763. There are only 3 aircraft in the high-J config at the moment, so as long as UA is not selling PE then I would plan for a possibility of an aircraft swap to a different 763 config.
Ok, Thanks. I think I will stick with my favoured UA16 ewr to LHR 767-400er. I can sit with daughter in E+ and have the arm rest lifted for extra room.
I prefer the Y seats on the old config anyway.

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I have been on this configuration a half dozen times already on EWR-LHR runs. I would suggest (in business) an odd numbered F seat and a sequentially one number higher even L seat (e.g. 3F and 4L). This is because the row numbers are misaligned between the center and window sections (presumably to keep the straight seats as all odd numbers) and these seats will be close together directly across the aisle.

As another note, this configuration usually flies the 6pm EWR-LHR followed by the 7:55am LHR-EWR return. They do only sell 30 business seats and I have been able to stand by without any issues onto these flights in business when originally booking flights later in the day even when these flights are “sold out” in business. Pretty much everyone gets upgraded and even non revs have an easy time getting business (unless the whole plane is oversold due to the drop in economy seats on the swap forcing operational upgrades) with about half the flights I have been on going out with empty seats in business.
I guess I will have to just wait and see what PZ seats open up, right now there is a CRAZY $730 uplift on booking a wait list business class seat, over an economy one. I have never seen such a price hike. If that does not come down, I will just save my GPUs and save 1500 bucks for the two of us and just fly Premium economy. Getting pretty sick of United all round, gonna status match to Delta next year.
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