United Airlines is to increase the number of premium seats on around 250 of its international and domestic aircraft. The addition of more than 1600 United Polaris business class and United First seats is aimed at making passengers more comfortable, and the US airline says it’s doing the opposite to other airlines who are adding extra seats to crowd more passengers onto the planes.
In the next few weeks, United will introduce the first of 21 reconfigured Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to its fleet. They will feature 16 additional Polaris business seats in the premium cabin bring the total to 46, with more than 50 per cent increase in all-aisle-access seating. The newly-reconfigured aircraft will also feature 22 Premium Plus seats. The flights will operate between Newark/New York and London, and all 21 of the aircraft are expected to be in the air by the end of 2020.
More United First seats will be added to the airline’s fleet of Airbus aircraft beginning this autumn, where the carrier will increase the seat count from eight to 12 seats on its fleet of Airbus A319s. Early next year, it will add four United First seats to its fleet of nearly 100 Airbus A320 aircraft, increasing the total count from 12 to 16.
United will also introduce the two-cabin, 50-seat Bombardier CRJ 550 aircraft to its fleet, subject to government certification. It will feature 10 United First seats, 20 economy plus seats and 20 economy seats, and says that this will offer more legroom, storage and amenities than any other 50-seat regional aircraft operating today.
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