United Airlines has announced that, starting in February, its first Boeing 777-300ER with the new United Polaris all-aisle access, lie-flat seat will take flight.
Dubbed the “New Spirit of United,” the aircraft will start regularly scheduled service in February. It is the first of 14 777-300ER aircraft United said it expects to place into service in 2017.
The new Polaris seats are individual, forward-facing, suite-like pods, each with a “Do Not Disturb” sign, mood lighting, one-touch lumbar support, several storage areas, multiple surfaces for simultaneous working and dining, a 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen and, for seats in the center of the cabin, electronic privacy dividers. United and PriestmanGoode have also developed an all-new look for the United Polaris cabins.
In addition to the United Polaris personal suites, several other sleep-focused amenities were created. United has worked with Saks Fifth Avenue for custom-designed bedding, including plush duvets, lightweight day-blankets and a large and small pillow for each United Polaris customer. Mattress cushions will be available upon request.
Slippers will be available on all flights. Plus, customized United Polaris pajamas will be available by request on flights longer than 12 hours. Flyers will also be able to request a gel-cooled pillow. New amenity kits will feature ergonomically designed eye shades, calming lavender pillow mist and additional products from Soho House & Co.’s Cowshed Spa.
Upon boarding their flight, each United Polaris customer will be welcomed with a pre-departure beverage of his or her choice and gourmet chocolate. While in the air, customers will enjoy regionally influenced in-flight menus updated seasonally.
Those will be developed in partnership with The Trotter Project and its chefs, including Bill Kim of three Chicago restaurants -- Urbanbelly, bellyQ and Belly Shack.
Passengers will also have an upgraded wine experience, with the highest-quality options curated exclusively by United’s master sommelier.
Inflight service will also include made-to-order signature ice cream sundaes, a dessert cart with a variety of petit dessert options, chocolate truffles and wine flights.
On daytime flights longer than eight hours and on all flights longer than 12 hours, hot mid-flight snacks such as lobster macaroni and cheese will be available.