United Airlines has released the seatmap on its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, set to enter service in late October on the new Los Angeles – Melbourne route.
Slightly larger than the 787-8, the new aircraft will have more seats in business (48 versus 36), Economy Plus (88 versus 70), and Economy (116 versus 113). Most of the additional seats come in business class or Economy Plus, so good news for upgraders–rumor is the new 777s on the Sydney routes, with 25% fewer business class seats than the 747-400, have been near impossible to upgrade to business on.
Click seat map to enlarge. 37A and L are not Economy Plus seats because the exit row slide takes up most legroom.
Here’s a chart of the new 787-9 specs. The only question is what kind of economy class seats are on the aircraft–with less recline than other aircraft, it could well be slimline seating with an articulating seat pan (cushion slides forward as you recline it). For the sake of our rears–let’s hope not. The Recarro seat, even with padding, has to be the worst economy class seat in the business.
|United BusinessFirst®||United Economy Plus®||United Economy®|
|Number of seats||48||88||116|
|Standard seat pitch||6’6″ sleeping space||35″||32″|
|Standard seat recline||180°||4″||3″|
|Standard seat width||22″||17.3″||17.3″|
|Movable armrests||All aisle seats||All aisle seats (except bulkhead)||All aisle seats|
|Entertainment||Personal on-demand||Personal on-demand||Personal on-demand|
|Wi-Fi||Coming soon||Coming soon||Coming soon|
|Fixed bassinets||6AB, 6KL||16ABC, 16DEF, 16JKL, 27DEF||–|
I can’t wait to fly it!