United to Roll Out Next Gen Boeing 777 Aircraft in 2017

United Airlines will add the Boeing 777-300ER to its 2017 flight schedules this weekend, with the airline's newest aircraft type offering the new United Polaris business class seats starting regularly scheduled service in February 2017. The aircraft's entry into service will also mark the debut of United's new wide-body cabin design.

With the flight schedule update this weekend, United will offer one round trip six days each week between Newark Liberty International Airport and San Francisco International Airport between February 16 and May 4. The airline expects to begin 777-300ER intercontinental service between San Francisco and Hong Kong on March 25, with the aircraft replacing a Boeing 747-400 currently being used on the route. Flight and aircraft schedules are subject to change.

United's 777-300ER aircraft will offer a new interior envisioned in partnership with design firm PriestmanGoode, including the airline's new United Polaris business class seat. Each United Polaris suite-like pod will have direct access to the aisle, a 180-degree flat-bed that measures 6'6'' and 23 inches wide with infinite seat recline options and one-touch lumbar support, storage, multiple surfaces that enable passengers to dine while working, universal A/C power as well as 2-USB ports, a 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen, electronic privacy dividers for seats in the center of the cabin, mood lighting and an illuminated "Do Not Disturb" sign. Additionally, a new marble-topped bar unit offers customers in business class a place to grab a mid-flight drink or snack.

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This new seat represents the latest in the continued roll-out of United Polaris, the airline's new business class experience.

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will have 60 seats in business class in a 1-2-1 configuration with direct-aisle access from all seats.

The new cabin design also includes LED mood-lighting to complement sleep and assist with time-zone changes as well as textured and softer touch materials which will absorb aircraft noise and other sound within the cabin.

Seats in United Economy will offer two United Private Screening options – personal on-demand entertainment with high-definition seat-back monitors and USB ports along with United's personal device entertainment, enabling customers to play movies and television programs on their electronic devices. Customers also will have access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi.

The aircraft will have 102 seats in United Economy Plus in a 3-4-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 204 United Economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 31 inches of pitch.

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