United to Offer Three-Class Cabin on Premium Transcon Routes in Spring and Summer
United Airlines will temporarily return to operating an aircraft with a three-class cabin on its p.s. transcontinental routes starting at the end of March.
Beginning March 29, the Chicago-based carrier will offer one flight each day from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Francisco International and Los Angeles International airports on a Boeing 777-200ER. The aircraft is equipped with eight fully lie-flat seats in Global First, 40 fully lie-flat seats in BusinessFirst, 113 seats in Economy Plus, the airline’s premium economy lite section, and 108 seats in coach.
United told Frequent Business Traveler that the service provided on board will be the same as on other p.s. flights, which means that service in the Global First cabin will be the same as in BusinessFirst.
United will not offer the seats in the first-class cabin for sale. Instead, it will upgrade “select customers” into those seats but will not require an upgrade instrument or fee.
The 777 will operate on these routes through September 8.
Global First seats on the 777, which are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, are 22” wide and expand to a bed with a length of 78”. BusinessFirst seats on the aircraft are in a 2-4-2 configuration with a 20” width and a length of 70” when expanded into a bed.
In 2013, United removed its old business- and first-class seats on the 757 planes it was using for its transcons and installed all-new, fully lie-flat BusinessFirst seats in their place, going from a three-cabin aircraft to two.
Last fall, the airline moved its premium transcon service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Newark Liberty.
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