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Premium Economy to Hawaii to launch in May 2021 - PlusPoints Now Required to Upgrade

Old Mar 25, 21, 10:45 am
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Premium Economy to Hawaii to launch in May 2021 - PlusPoints Now Required to Upgrade

"In May, United will begin offering United Premium Plusģ service on select Hawaii routes, which includes a bigger, more comfortable seat and a complimentary meal. United Premium Plus will be available for customers traveling to Honolulu and Maui from Chicago and Denver and will be expanded in June to flights between Chicago and Kona, Houston and Honolulu, and New York/Newark and Maui.

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Old Mar 25, 21, 12:57 pm
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This tells me they are not expecting the 777-200 with the Pratt engines to return anytime soon and they want to start monetizing the premium economy seats they have been selling as economy plus.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by cesco.g View Post
"In May, United will begin offering United Premium Plusģ service on select Hawaii routes, which includes a bigger, more comfortable seat and a complimentary meal. United Premium Plus will be available for customers traveling to Honolulu and Maui from Chicago and Denver and will be expanded in June to flights between Chicago and Kona, Houston and Honolulu, and New York/Newark and Maui.

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Interesting, I wonder what they will do equipment wise for the ORD-OGG and ORD-KOA routes, should also mean better Polaris seating...
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Old Mar 25, 21, 1:12 pm
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Any plane with P+/PE seating will also have Polaris seating, so yes, booking a flight with P+ sold as a separate cabin will also "guarantee" Polaris seating (barring a last-minute equipment swap). I have a feeling we'll be seeing more hi-J 763s (already scheduled on EWR-OGG and been making several appearances as subs for regular 763s or various 777s) and/or internationally configured 777s flying to the islands.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 1:18 pm
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I wonder if this will be a test case for adding P+ to the [mod edit] domestic 777s. They could even do it before they're back in the air.

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Old Mar 25, 21, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by waddy View Post
This tells me they are not expecting the 777-200 with the Pratt engines to return anytime soon and they want to start monetizing the premium economy seats they have been selling as economy plus.
Originally Posted by singal3 View Post
Interesting, I wonder what they will do equipment wise for the ORD-OGG and ORD-KOA routes, should also mean better Polaris seating...
They will have to reintroduce additional 763s out of storage. Given that, UA obviously (and likely realistically) does not expect significant additions to the summer TATL schedule, where those birds would be deployed.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 3:00 pm
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They could also fly the retrofitted 788/9s or 78x?

Originally Posted by JAaronT View Post
I wonder if this will be a test case for adding P+ to the domestic 777s. They could even do it before they're back in the air.
No plan to retrofit the domestic configured 772s

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Old Mar 25, 21, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by JAaronT View Post
I wonder if this will be a test case for adding P+ to the domestic 777s. They could even do it before they're back in the air.
Is it even certain that they will be back or that they even want them, back?

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Old Mar 25, 21, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by escapefromphl View Post
Is it even certain that they will be back or that they even want them, back?
*prayer emoji*
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Old Mar 25, 21, 3:48 pm
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I'm all about this! Love having PE/P+ as an option for longer flying.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 3:59 pm
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Iím guessing the 777ís arenít coming back or is UA going to put the 787ís on these routes?
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Old Mar 25, 21, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by LASUA1K View Post
Iím guessing the 777ís arenít coming back or is UA going to put the 787ís on these routes?
yeah, I would say not before July 4th it seems. I think we'll end up seeing more 763's come out to start backfill.

are there any 787's in storage?
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Old Mar 25, 21, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by waddy View Post
This tells me they are not expecting the 777-200 with the Pratt engines to return anytime soon and they want to start monetizing the premium economy seats they have been selling as economy plus.
I would say you're 100% right - I am sure Kirby would be howling at the prospect of giving these nicer seats to elite level and full fare coach customers for free. I am sure the fares will reflect the superior onboard service, or more precisely, a snack box tossed your way somewhere around 'half way to Hawai'i

In any case, we are basically getting the same seats from the west coast to Hawai'i in the form of domestic narrowbody first class, so I am guessing the P+ fares will be about the same, giving an option to bump the Polaris seat (not service) fares much higher.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 8:27 pm
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With Hawaii tickets going like hotcakes lets hope this becomes the trend and they bring these planes out on all the East coast Hawaii routes sooner rather than later. With TATL essentially closed, let them make more money and give us a better seat!
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Old Mar 25, 21, 11:58 pm
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Positive step, and if it's a side affect of the grounding of the HD 777's, it will likely show the demand for first, as well as PE will do well to the islands from not all, but many locations. In the last two years of living in Maui, I wouldn't touch a coach ticket, it was first or I wasn't going for my monthly back and forth. The crap quantity on the HD's was a joke. Seat was fine, I'm not a complete snob, but first class was often unavailable many days in advance. 28J was way too low.
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