UNITED’S NEW 777 Headed Our Way

Being travel industry professionals, if there’s one thing we love, it’s sparkling new aircraft, cabins and seats. Particularly up near the pointy end of things.

United’s Polaris business class in ‘bed’ mode.

Recently, we’ve highlighted some great enhancements to airline product and experience being implemented by American carriers like United and Delta flying to (and from) Australia. Those airlines have really upped their game.

So, we were delighted to receive an updated from our friends at United this month, highlighting the fact that the airline is deploying a new Boeing 777 on its daily Sydney-San Francisco route during the busy travel period between December 2019 and March 2020.

United’s new 777 features direct aisle access from every seat in Business Class as well as its new Premium Plus premium economy product.

“United’s new premium cabins are looking fabulous. Their investment in new seats, service and lounges is really paying off.”
Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

United’s Polaris business class experience includes a 198cm lie-flat bed, Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and restaurant quality dining, slippers and a well-provisioned amenity kit. Seats are set in a 1-2-1 configuration ensuring convenient, direct aisle access for every passenger.

United’s Premium Plus premium economy cabin.

In the dedicated Premium Plus cabin, there are just 24 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration with a pitch of 97cm (or 38″).

We look forward to seeing United’s new aircraft and premium cabins in Australian skies this summer.

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UNITED AIRLINES San Francisco to Melbourne Services

United Airlines’ new San Francisco to Melbourne services are scheduled to take flight on 31 October 2019.

The thrice-weekly flights are part of a huge network expansion by the American carrier over the last 12 months.

“This route expansion solidifies United’s position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond,” said Oscar Munoz, United’s CEO.

United has operated non-stop services between Australia and the United States for some 35 years, and now offers the most services between the two countries by any U.S. carrier.

United’s Polaris business class cabin.

Today, United offers nonstop service to Sydney from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and provides nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

“We’re delighted to see United Airlines continue its route expansion into Australia. Its Polaris cabin, lounges and customer experience are brilliant, and the Premium Plus product is terrific. It’s great to see this iconic airline continue to reinvent itself and please our clients,” says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

United’s Premium Plus cabin.

All of United’s flights between the U.S. and Australia, including the new Melbourne services, are operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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United Airlines Adds Premium Seats Aplenty

United Airlines has announced the next step in its commitment to making more customers more comfortable by adding more than 1,600 United Polaris® business class and United First seats to nearly 250 international and domestic aircraft.

United’s popular Polaris Seat.

“In an era where many airlines are adding seats to their aircraft to crowd more passengers onto the plane, we’re re-configuring more than 100 of our aircraft and doing exactly the opposite – for the benefit of our customers,” said Andrew Nocella, United’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

United’s Premium Plus seat.

In the next several weeks, United will introduce to its fleet the first of 21 reconfigured Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 16 additional United Polaris business seats in the premium cabin – a more than 50 percent increase in all-aisle-access seating – bringing the total premium cabin seat count to 46.

United Economy Plus seat.

“We’ve been really impressed with United’s investment in and roll-out of its premium product, particularly on its trans-Pacific routes”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“We expect these additional Polaris business class and United First seats to be upgrade-friendly, which is terrific for frequent United flyers. They’ll also be very attractive to new United customers. It’s a great move by the airline”, added Hosper.

The newly reconfigured aircraft will also feature 22 United® Premium Plus seats; 47 Economy Plus® seats and 52 Economy seats.

United will first operate the reconfigured 767 – which will feature the highest proportion of premium seats on any widebody operated by any U.S. carrier – between Newark/New York and London, offering 50 percent more premium seats in the largest premium route in the world.

The airline expects to introduce all the reconfigured aircraft to its fleet by the end of next year.

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