United Airlines to Eliminate ‘Global First’ International First Class

By Paul Riegler on 3 June 2016
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A United 747 touching down

A United 747 touching down

United Airlines, in conjunction with its announcement of its Polaris business-class product, said on Thursday it would begin to retire its Global First international first-class offering, although it didn’t provide a specific timetable.

The move will leave American Airlines as the only U.S. carrier with an international first-class product, which it calls Flagship First Class.

The Chicago-based carrier said it will first rename United Global First to United Polaris Global First, adding amenities and features similar to what the new Polaris business-class product offers while maintaining the level of service it currently provides in first.

The Polaris Global First product will not be incorporated into its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that will be the first to offer the Polaris business-class product starting in December. In addition, as United rolls out Polaris in existing aircraft, those planes will lose their first-class cabin.

“As we update our fleet over the next several years to incorporate our signature United Polaris direct-aisle-access seating, we will be phasing out the first class cabin and moving toward a two-cabin experience for international travel,” United said in a statement.

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