United Airlines will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 later this year. The aircraft will be the first in the United fleet to feature a new premium economy product.
United has 14 firm orders for the 787-10 and will take delivery of the first three this year.
In a leaked seat map to Flight Global, it appears the new aircraft will have 318 seats, split in three cabins (with the economy class cabin further subdivided in Economy Plus and United Economy):
- 44 Polaris (business)
- 21 Premium Plus (premium economy)
- 253 Economy Class
- 45 Economy Plus
- 208 United Economy
Based on the seat map, we see that Premium Economy feature three rows of 2-3-2 seating.
— LAflyer (@LAflyr) April 13, 2018
This is an excellent cabin density in terms of maximizing upgrade potential. Even if the hard product is not as competitve, I’d still take this shot at upgrading over American and Delta.
Decreasing Density on Other Jets
Premium Economy seats on United will come at the expense of economy class seats rather than business class seats. The stats look great:
- 767-300ER: 214 seats to 167 seats
- 777-300ERs: 366 seats to 250 seats
- 777-200s: 292 seats from 276 seats
At a 22% reduction in seats, the 767-300ER represents the most dramatic drop. Not only is Premium Economy coming, but the number of Polaris seats will increase from 30 to 44!
I’m quite happy to see that United will be adding premium economy at the expense of economy class, not business class. The new seat maps look encouraging.