United to increase number of premium seats

United to increase number of premium seats

While other carriers are adding extra seats to squeeze in more passengers, United is going against this trend. The company will add more than 1600 United Polaris business class and United First seats to increase the comfort level of its passengers.

In the next few weeks, United will introduce its first reconfigured Boeing 767-300ER, featuring 16 additional Polaris business seats in the premium cabin, and 22 Premium Plus seats. The newly-reconfigured aircraft will operate from Newark/New York and London, and all of its 21 reconfigured aircrafts are expected to be flying by the end of 2020.

The carrier’s fleet of Airbus aircraft will also go through reconfiguration. Beginning this fall, 4 extra United First seats will be added to the A319s, and – early next year – 4 seats will be added to nearly 100 of its A320 aircraft.

Innovations do not stop there, although still subject to government certification, United expects to introduce the two-cabin, 50-seat Bombardier CRJ 550 to its fleet, which will feature 10 United First seats, 20 economy plus, and 20 economy seats and offer more storage room than any other 50-seat regional operating aircraft.