United Airlines received an early Christmas present this week with the delivery of their latest Boeing 777. This addition of the 777 to United’s fleet is the first aircraft to feature the new United Polaris all-aisle access, lie-flat Business Class seat. It is also the airline’s first of 14 777-300ER aircraft from Boeing.
United’s new Business Class cabin features forward-facing, direct-aisle-access seats that recline flat, providing sleeping spaces that are up to 6 feet 6 inches (198.12 cm) long and up to 23 inches (58.42 cm) wide. In locations where two seats are next to each other, there’s a powered privacy divider so you can easily tuck yourself away and forget that there are other passengers nearby. They have even included an illuminated “do not disturb” sign that lets you signal to your flight attendants that you’d prefer not to be disturbed.
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, United has worked with luxury goods department store Saks Fifth Avenue to create custom bedding designed to provide the best sleep in the sky. Because temperature is crucial to sleeping soundly, there is a choice of two different blankets — a quilted duvet and a lighter throw blanket — for the perfect amount of warmth. Mattress cushions are also available upon request. And if you tend to warm up when you sleep, you can ask for a cooling gel memory foam pillow instead of (or in addition to) the Saks Fifth Avenue pillows you’ll find at your seat.
On board there are several dining options so you can choose the right time and pace for your meal. United offer a chef-redesigned, multi-course inflight dining experience, with each element presented in its proper order once the flight reaches altitude. If you’re eager to get as many hours of rest as possible, you can choose to enjoy a seated meal in the United Polaris lounge before your flight so you can go right to sleep in the air. Or if you’d prefer to eat in flight but don’t want to wait for each course, you can opt for an Express Dining service and receive a single tray with your full meal all at once, at the time of your choosing. For those mid flight cravings, there is also self-serve snacks and beverages that you can grab at your convenience.
In your United Polaris amenities you will find slippers, for quick trips out of your seat or just standing and stretching. There are also provide premium sleep mist and skincare items from Soho House’s Cowshed Spa to keep you relaxed and refreshed. And ear plugs and an ergonomic eye mask ensure that you can block out any ambient distractions while you doze. On flights longer than 12 hours, we also offer 100% cotton pajamas upon request.
United Airlines Polaris service began on the 1st December replacing United BusinessFirst. This new aircraft should begin service in February 2017 with the additional new aircraft following throughout 2017.