Last week I reported that United Airlines is making Boston – San Francisco a 100% lie-flat route in business class starting in June.
This morning, reader Eric W. left a comment stating–
Just checked several dates in mid-June and found the usual mix of 737s flying the route alongside a couple of 777s, not exclusively lie-flat planes as claimed here. What am I missing?
Puzzled, I verified on united.com that the lie-flat 757-200s had been pulled and 737s had been substituted in. So much for lie-flat service?
I think a major announcement is coming.
I noticed that for the entire schedule there is only 777-200s or 737-800s on the route. No 737-900s or 757-300s, just the 737-800. Could it be that United has simply subbed in the 737-800 across the board until a formal announcement of lie-flat service occurs?
Here’s why I think this is likely. First, United hinted that the p.s. name would be retired earlier this year and replaced by something new. Second, the fierce competition between SFO-BOS practically requires United to offer a business class product better than the 737-800.
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I envision a grand announcement, perhaps as early as this week, in which United will herald “Polaris” style service between Newark and San Francisco/Los Angeles and between Boston and San Francisco.
As I stated in my earlier piece, “I am curious how United can allocate seven lie-flat birds to this route, especially as the 767-300s begin their Polaris retrofits this summer.” It may be that United is still trying to shuffle aircraft, but I tend to think United would not have loaded in lie-flat seats into the schedule without first counting their airplanes.
For now, the new lie-flat service between Boston and San Francisco on United is unconfirmed. Nevertheless, I am fairly confident that we will soon seen an announcement of that nature. If you booked a lie-flat seat and now are on a 737-800, don’t worry — United will give you a refund if you ask.
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