- The seat will debut on an Airbus A319 next week, with retrofits on A319s, A320s and many Boeing 737s and 757s through 2016.
- Each aircraft will continue to have the same number of premium-cabin seats.
- Input from design firm PriestmanGoode
- Features include:
- All-leather seat covers in signature navy and champagne colors
- A patented-design tray table with tablet holder, enabling travelers to enjoy food and beverages while using their personal electronic devices
- An articulating seat bottom for greater comfort when reclining and an adjustable headrest (like AA has)
- In-seat universal A/C power outlets for customers to charge their devices (but no USB)
- Additional in-seat storage, including two seatback pockets and side stowage for laptops and tablets;
- Dedicated beverage holders
- Granite cocktail tables
- The new seat is 21.1 inches wide, so a bit wider than the current seat
- Legroom will likely be reduced by one inch but with not discernible difference due to the articulating seat bottom
- New carpets, mood lighting and custom scents are also coming
All photos courtesy of United Airlines
The pictures look nice, but the test will be whether it is comfortable. I have an A319 flight in first class in a couple weeks and hope the new seat is installed, though I love the current pre-merger United seats. Bottom line — too early to judge, but at least United is not reducing the number of premium cabin seats on any aircraft.