United Airlines has expanded its 180-degree flat-bed seat and personal on-demand entertainment in the premium cabins to all scheduled, long-haul international flights from the airline’s eight North American hubs and between Seattle and Tokyo Narita. Back in May, the airline had begun offering the seats on flights out of New York.
United is the only U.S. carrier to exclusively provide flat-bed seats to premium cabin travelers on such scheduled, long-haul flights from the continental United States, the airline says.
“Global business travelers know how important it is to arrive to their destinations well-rested, and United can meet that need better than any other airline,” said Jeff Foland, United’s executive vice president – marketing, technology and strategy.
United has outfitted 183 international long-haul aircraft with United Global First and United BusinessFirst cabins, and offers more than 7,000 total flat-bed seats fleet-wide, more than any other U.S. carrier. Customers in the premium cabins receive a higher level of privacy and comfort, a multi-course meal with complimentary wine options and more-personal attention.
United recently launched turn-down service for customers seated in United Global First, offering travelers an added touch of luxury and a better sleeping experience on long-haul flights.
In addition to offering customers more flat-bed seats on more aircraft than any other U.S. carrier, United currently provides extra-legroom Economy Plus seating on nearly 650 mainline aircraft and approximately 150 regional jets.
United is also revamping the transcontinental “p.s.” Premium Service fleet of aircraft that fly between New York Kennedy and Los Angeles and San Francisco. Customers traveling on the revamped p.s. aircraft will experience an improved premium cabin with fully flat-bed seats, faster Wi-Fi Internet service, and personal on-demand entertainment at every seat. The fourth p.s. aircraft to be retrofitted enters service this month, and United anticipates completing the entire p.s. fleet by year-end.
United is also outfitting aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi, offering inflight connectivity on long-haul international flights. The airline expects to have more than 200 aircraft outfitted with satellite Wi-Fi before the end of the year.
United recently deployed the 200th aircraft with live television, giving United the world’s largest fleet of aircraft equipped with live television.