United Airlines will debut its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft equipped with the state-of-the-art Polaris business class cabin in February 2017. The airline had earlier in June this year unveiled its new Polaris cabin with great fanfare. The airline had placed orders for 14 Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts and the first one would be delivered by this December end. The remaining aircrafts would become the part of fleet by 2017 end.
A spokesperson of United Airlines said that the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with its updated cabin interior would be deployed for commercial passenger service starting from February 16 next year. The aircraft will be initially used to serve domestic route between San Francisco and Newark Liberty. This is the airline’s hub-to-hub route connecting two of its biggest bases.
Media reports said that United Airlines will be one round-trip flight six times per week on Newark Liberty-San Francisco route utilizing its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft through May 4, 2017. The new service will be among the airline’s one of the 12 daily roundtrip flights being offered between the two destinations during the current winter schedule.
According to the reports, United Airlines will be expanding its Boeing 777-300ER service to more international routes as the new aircrafts enter the fleet. The airline has indicated that the new Polaris business class seats would be offered to the premium customers traveling between Hong Kong and San Francisco effective from March 25, 2017. The new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft would be replacing the existing Boeing 747-400 aircrafts currently serving the San Francisco-Hong Kong route.
The reports further stated that the new Polaris business class cabin will be configured with 60 seats, which United Airlines has described them as “suite-like pods”. The cabin is configured in a 1-2-1 layout and the convertible seats would recline into full-flat beds. The airline will be offering each business class customer direct aisle access. The airline has said that the new cabin layout is a huge improvement over the business class layouts on other aircrafts in its fleet.