On March 30, 2019 United Airlines will officially roll out Premium Plus service on 17 longhaul routes, with more to follow as aircraft are retrofitted or new 787-10s are delivered. United’s new premium economy product will greatly resemble domestic first class.
United Premium Plus Routes
United will initially offer Premium Plus on the following routes:
United Premium Plus Menus
Meals will resemble what you might expect when flying in domestic first class. Meal service will begin with a bag of almonds and choice of drink. Meals will come on a single tray with a side salad, main course, and bread. Ice cream, from economy class, will be available for dessert. Pre-arrival meals will also resemble domestic first.
Here is a sample menu from Newark to Tel Aviv:
This is a picture from a recent United flight of the cider-glazed chicken. Expect something like this:
Here’s another from Newark/San Francisco to Tokyo Narita:
And here’s a beverage menu:
United Premium Plus Upgrades
I’ll discuss upgrades in a separate post, but you’ll need one Global Premier Upgrade to move from economy to Premium Plus (or Polaris business class). For now, a single upgrade will get you either Premium Plus or business class.
Since one upgrade certificate will get you into Premium Plus or Polaris business class, I hope to never be in premium economy! Nevertheless, it looks like a nice upgrade over Economy Plus and I will have to try it sooner or later for review purposes.