Over the weekend I had the chance to fly United’s recently renovated 777-200 featuring new Polaris business class seats.
This is the same aircraft that featured United’s new premium economy seating. I used a Global Premier Upgrade to confirm an upgrade to business at time of booking…a rarity lately on United.
The newly retrofitted 777-200 features 50 seats in Polaris Business Class. This leaves the cabin with two more premium seats than the combined first class (8) and business class (40) in the old cabin. It also matches the cabin with the ex-Continental 777-200s which feature 50 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.
While maintaining the same cabin density, every seat offers direct aisle access. Furthermore, the seats feel incredibly more private than the old eight across seating on the same aircraft. All in all, United has done a fabulous job in offering a great new product while economizing space and maximizing cabin density.
My flight encountered a 3.5 hour mechanical delay. I ate dinner in the Polaris Lounge and had planned to just sleep, but by the time the flight finally took off I was hungry again. Dinner began with mixed nuts followed by a tuna appetizer and salad.
I chose pasta for the main course, a cheese ravioli with mushrooms that was very tasty.
I skipped cheese and dessert was able to quickly fall asleep.
I’ll post a full review of the flight in the days ahead, but do want to commend United for accelerating the rollout of the 777-200 and 767-300 retrofits. I still slept fine in the old seats and never really disliked them, but these new seats are so much better and make United far more competitive on this route against Lufthansa. In fact, I would always take United over Lufthansa if I knew I would have a new Polaris seat.