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Update 2017: United p.s. is now called Transcontinental Service. This service is available on flights between EWR<>LAX, EWR<>SFO, and BOS<>SFO.
Cross Country Comfort: Introducing United Airlines’ New Transcontinental Service

Originally Posted by United POLARIS FAQ
How does the switch to United Polaris affect United p.s.® Premium Service transcontinental flights?
On December 1, 2016, BusinessFirst service on p.s. transcontinental routes became United Business®, and now features our custom Saks Fifth Avenue pillow and duvet. Previous p.s. features did not change other than the new bedding.
The first PS flights to/from EWR started 25 Oct 2015
United offers transcontinental travelers the features and comfort of long-haul international flights. Customers enjoy modern aircraft interiors with all-new seats, inflight Wi-Fi, free personal on-demand entertainment at every seat, in-seat power and USB ports.

United also provides:
* Premier Access check-in, security screening, boarding and baggage handling;
* United Club access;
* up to 6 feet, 4 inches of sleeping space in a 180-degree flat-bed seat; and
* pre-departure beverages, hot towel service, multi-course meals and a pre-arrival snack.
E+ passengers -- hot meals and drinks included
Travelers in Economy Plus on our premium transcontinental flights now enjoy more than just extra legroom — they’ll also receive a complimentary hot entrée, fruit and dessert, as well as their choice of free alcoholic beverages, including our featured cocktail and more.
Aircraft 757-200
Original config 28 lieflat BF / 42 E+ / 72 E-
Everything You Want to Know About Where to Sit on a 757-200 (pmUA Domestic and p.s.)

Re-purposed TATL config 16 lieflat BF / 45 E+ / 108 E-
Consolidated "Seats on International 757"

other lie-flat aircraft will be used on the route, such as
Everything You Wanted to Know About Where to Sit on 777-200 HD (28BF,102E+,234E-)
Everything you want to know about where to sit on the 787-10

FAQs
Are all flights on these routes lie-flat, etc?
Yes -- all non-stop flights from SFO/LAX to/from EWR and SFO<>BOS are configured as such regardless of aircraft used. All scheduled aircraft have a lie-flat premium cabin.

Are these CPU-eligible flights?
No -- no CPU on these flights. It will take RPU/GPU/mileage+copays to upgrade. Generally, these are "hard" upgrades.

Are TODs / Cash upgrades offered?
Yes, $298 cash OW upgrades are regularly offered.

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Old Jun 18, 16, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by physioprof View Post
Cool! I'm excited for Dreamliner J LAX-EWR in a few weeks! Did the increased cabin pressure make a noticable difference in how you felt during and after the flight?
Looked on a Fri and Sun in Aug and didn't seem to be any 789s. Not all days of week? Which ones?
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Old Jun 18, 16, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by physioprof View Post
Cool! I'm excited for Dreamliner J LAX-EWR in a few weeks! Did the increased cabin pressure make a noticable difference in how you felt during and after the flight?
I couldn't tell - probably not a long enough flight to tell. The bathroom was the biggest I've seen on any UA bird, though - could definitely change into Polaris PJs once they get introduced and this is flying long haul.

The plane does get you there faster, though. Flight time was under 4.5 hours.
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Old Jun 18, 16, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by anandrag View Post
Looked on a Fri and Sun in Aug and didn't seem to be any 789s. Not all days of week? Which ones?
It's only for a short period in June and July - then the plane will get sent on SFO-TPE runs, I believe.
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Old Jun 18, 16, 3:17 pm
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Was also on the 787 flight yesterday. Was enjoyable and I do think I noticed a difference due to the cabin pressure. No water bottles distributed after meal service; I suspect none loaded.

Meal service took close to 3 hours; same as my 777 ps flight EWR-LAX last week! Not sure if the crew just isn't used to the widebodies on this route.

I used the bathroom in the front galley and it was tiny.
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Old Jun 18, 16, 4:57 pm
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Hey All -

What kind of "snack" is served on the redeye UA 726 SFO-EWR 11:22 pm departure in BF? And is there a pre-arrival cookie?

Can we expect full dinner on UA 436 EWR-SFO with 8:30 pm departure in BF?

Thanks!

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Old Jun 18, 16, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by CappuccinoAddict View Post
I used the bathroom in the front galley and it was tiny.
All the UA 787s have an oversize lav on the right (K/L) side between the two BF cabins.
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Old Jun 18, 16, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
All the UA 787s have an oversize lav on the right (K/L) side between the two BF cabins.
Are you sure it isn't on the A/B side? That's what I recall.
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Old Jun 18, 16, 5:15 pm
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Originally Posted by iluv2fly View Post
Are you sure it isn't on the A/B side? That's what I recall.
Its behind 3AB on the 788 6AB on the 789.
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Old Jun 18, 16, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by iluv2fly View Post
Are you sure it isn't on the A/B side? That's what I recall.
Originally Posted by JOSECONLSCREW28 View Post
Its behind 3AB on the 788 6AB on the 789.
Oops. Thanks for the correction.
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Old Jun 18, 16, 6:30 pm
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Ah, had I known I would have checked out that lav!
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Old Jun 18, 16, 7:19 pm
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Handicap lav locations by aircraft type:

77Y - Behind Closet at 4KL
78Z - Behind 5AB
78V - Behind 3AB
76P - Behind 27DEF
77Q - In front of 33DEF
77D - In front of 34DEF
77H - Non reconfigured In front of 40CDEFG
77H - Reconfigured In front of 40DEFG
76C - Behind 41DEF.

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Old Jun 21, 16, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by JOSECONLSCREW28 View Post
Handicap lav locations by aircraft type:

78Z - Behind 6AB
If that's meant to be 787-9, then big lav is behind 5AB, as BF cabin split to 5 in front part, 3 in aft part.
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Old Jun 21, 16, 3:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Kryssa View Post
Hey All -

What kind of "snack" is served on the redeye UA 726 SFO-EWR 11:22 pm departure in BF? And is there a pre-arrival cookie?

Can we expect full dinner on UA 436 EWR-SFO with 8:30 pm departure in BF?

Thanks!
Snack = chicken sandwich with arugula, side barley salad with artichoke heart, Godiva truffle. You get a warmed scone before arrival.

Full dinner for 8:30pm departure from EWR.
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Old Jun 21, 16, 7:30 pm
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Flew LAX-EWR last sat on the 787, I enjoyed it and so did most of the FA's.
One mentioned to me that was the most exciting flight in her 26 year career.
I overheard another few FA's laughing that they were getting compliments for their service when they were doing "everything wrong." Which while maybe technically correct by service flow etc, but they couldn't have been more hospitable.

Looking today I noticed something interesting the 787 will stay in LA until Wed and the return today was on a pmCO 777 that came in from SFO and tommorow's EWR-LAX will also be a pmCO 777 that is coming in from PEK
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Old Jun 21, 16, 8:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Noanker1 View Post
Flew LAX-EWR last sat on the 787, I enjoyed it and so did most of the FA's.
One mentioned to me that was the most exciting flight in her 26 year career.
I overheard another few FA's laughing that they were getting compliments for their service when they were doing "everything wrong." Which while maybe technically correct by service flow etc, but they couldn't have been more hospitable.

Looking today I noticed something interesting the 787 will stay in LA until Wed and the return today was on a pmCO 777 that came in from SFO and tommorow's EWR-LAX will also be a pmCO 777 that is coming in from PEK
She's excited because up until very recently all 787s were staffed with sCO FAs. As of June 9th A/C #956 transitioned to sUA and are now staffed with sUA FAs. A/C #s 966 & 967 will also be staffed with sUA FAS. Beginning in August SFO-TPE-SFO flying will transition to sUA and EWR-LAX-EWR 787 flying will discontinue and will be flown on domestic trips out of SFO.
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