This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
My trip to Chicago was smooth and productive onboard a United 787-10 in Polaris Business Class, a great ride for a domestic flight.
United Airlines 787-10 Polaris Business Class Review
Since I was enjoying breakfast in the Polaris Lounge, I was among the last passengers to board, moments before the doors closed. We pushed back on time and were soon on our way to Chicago, with a flight time of 3.5 hours.
United Airlines 2039
Los Angeles (LAX) – Chicago (ORD)
Depart: 08:50 AM
Arrive: 02:51 PM
Duration: 04hr, 01min
Distance: 1,744 miles
Aircraft: Boeing 787-10
Seat: 6D (“Polaris” Business Class)
I only booked my trip two days before departure and there were no more window seats available at the time of booking, nor did any open up prior to departure. I find United’s Polaris seats perfectly suitable for working, lounging, and sleeping. Center section seats alternate between “honeymoon” seats in which you are seated in close proximity to your neighbor (odd-numbered rows) and seats facing the aisle in which you do not see your seatmate, even if the privacy divider is lowered (even-numbered rows).
These even-numbered center-section seats have less privacy because your legs are partially exposed to the aisle, but they are not bad seats.
Flight attendants were on the junior side and quite friendly. Breakfast orders were prior to takeoff with a choice between the egg frittata (which I reviewed here) and a “croissant with eggs and bacon” which I ordered.
Turns out this was just the pandemic-era breakfast sandwich that has also occasionally appeared for sale in economy class. I was glad I ate breakfast in the Polaris Lounge.
Good thing my poor seatmate was able to take her “psychiatric service animal” onboard to keep her calm.
As this was marketed as a domestic first class flight rather than a “Polaris” flight, there was no Polaris bedding onboard (pillows, duvets) nor amenity kits. However, the lavatories did feature the longhaul Sunday Riley products.
Wi-Fi worked well, though this aircraft did not offer complimentary access to T-Mobile customers. A flight pass costs $8 for MileagePlus members and $10 for non-members. I spent the flight working ahead of our touchdown in Chicago, where I would have only a short layover which I wanted to use to review two lounges.
Next stop: New Concourse C United Club