United Airlines Introduces New First-Class Seats on Narrow-Body Fleet

By Paul Riegler on 10 September 2015
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A United A319 taking off at Newark

A United A319 taking off at Newark

United Airlines introduced a new first-class seat for its narrow-body fleet.

The new seats, which will make their debut on an Airbus A319 next week, feature a tablet holder built into the tray table as well as an articulating seat cushion.

The new navy and champagne leather seats will be installed on 200 of the airline’s narrow-body jets including A319s, A320s this year and many of its Boeing 737s, and Boeing 757s in 2016.  The new seats are wider than their predecessors, with each seat being 21.1” wide.  The number of seats in each cabin will not change as a result of the wider seat.  The process of retrofitting the seats will continue through 2016.

The seats, designed by United and PriestmanGoode, include a tray table with a built-in tablet holder that allows passengers to dine while using an Apple iPad or similar device.  A separate beverage holder is also part of the seat design.

The seats have an articulating bottom that the airline says improves comfort when reclining as well as an adjustable headrest.  All seats provide electrical outlets, which can be used to charge and power laptops and smartphones, as well as additional compartments under the armrest that can be used to stow laptops and tablets during takeoff and landing.

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