The new fully flat direct aisle access seat isn’t fly yet, though. We just got more details about the first plane to have it and where it will fly.
United shared in a release that their schedule load this weekend will add their first Boeing 777-300ER (with Polaris business):
- Between Newark and San Francisco, one round trip six days a week, February 16 – May 4.
- Between San Francisco and Hong Kong starting March 25 (replacing the current Boeing 747 on the route).
United will be taking delivery of 14 new Boeing 777-300ERs in 2017 with 60 new Polaris business class seats, 102 Economy Plus seats, and 204 regular economy seats. While business class will be fully flat direct aisle access, economy will be 3-4-3 … 10-abreast like American, Air France, and Emirates but certainly a tight fit.
United will begin retrofitting existing Boeing 767s and 777-200s in 2017. Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350-1000 deliveries will come equipped with Polaris seats from the factory.
You won’t know whether a retrofit aircraft will be on your route until day of departure. So if you want to ensure you get the new seats you’ll want to book a route where a new aircraft, equipped with the seats you’ll want to book a route with a plane that comes equipped with them from the factory. For now that means a Boeing 777-300ER.