United has announced plans to add the brand new Boeing 777-300ER to the fleet, with inaugural flights starting on Feb. 16, 2017.
Initially, the 777-300ER will operate flights between Newark Liberty International and San Francisco International up to May 4th for the purposes of crew training for the new variant in United’s fleet.
The first intercontinental flight will be from San Francisco International to Hong Kong on March 25, this aircraft will replace the aging Boeing 747-400s being operated on these routes.
As mentioned previously, United’s new Polaris class will be standard on all incoming long-haul aircraft. Each seat features a fully lie-flat bed with 16-inch entertainment displays, A/C power and privacy dividers. This all new seat class will also offer lounges at major hubs for respective customers.
“Our 777-300ER fleet represents a new era in premium air travel,” said Julia Haywood, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of United. “With United Polaris business class we are providing reimagined inflight dining, new amenities, the first United Polaris lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and now this custom designed seat, all of which make for a tailored experience that prioritizes comfort and sleep.”
United’s 777-300ERs will be fitted with a total of 366 seats, 60 being in the new Polaris class in a 1-2-1 layout for direct-aisle access, 102 in Economy Plus in a 3-4-3 configuration, and 204 Economy seats. All of the 14 ordered aircraft is expected to be in service next year.