United Hits First- and Business-Class Milestone
United Airlines said it had reached a milestone in retrofitting its long-haul, international aircraft that fly out of New York airports.
Starting Thursday, all planes departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport have fully lie-flat (i.e. 180º) seats and individual on-demand entertainment systems in business- and first-class cabins.
United has equipped 182 aircraft with all-new United Global First and United BusinessFirst cabins. The airline has a total of 450 flights to 150 cities across the globe from New York’s three airports.
United is currently upgrading the Boeing 757 aircraft it uses for its transcontinental p.s. Premium Service flights from JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The new interiors feature lie-flat seats in business class and as well as in-flight Internet. Three aircraft have received the retrofit thusfar and United expects to complete the p.s. fleet upgrade by the end of 2013.
The airline is also in the midst of outfitting 200 aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi to provide in-flight Internet connectivity on international flights. Currently, 200 planes also have live television.
(Photo: Accura Media Group)