While the retrofit process will take several years to fully complete, United has just rolled out its third Boeing 767-300 with new Polaris seating.
I wrote about the first 767-300 retrofit here, which is a 1-1-1 configuration with direct aisle access at every seat. It’s narrower than the Polaris seats on the new 777-3ooERs but still represents a marked improvement from the old 2-2-2 seating.
Progress is slow, but the first 777-200 with a reconfigured Polaris cabin will roll out “early” next year.
How Many Aircraft with “Real” Polaris Seating Does United Have?
Currently, you can find the new Polaris Business Class on the following aircraft:
- 14 Boeing 777-300ERs
- 3 Boeing 767-300ERs
Four more 777-300s will be delivered in 2018 with the new seats. You can find Polaris on routes including:
- Newark ⇄ Tel Aviv
- Newark ⇄ Tokyo Narita
- San Francisco ⇄ Auckland
- San Francisco ⇄ Frankfurt
- San Francisco ⇄ Tokyo Narita
> Read More: United 777-300ER Current and Future Routes
I flew in a real United Polaris seat for the first time last month from San Francisco to Hong Kong. The seat is far better than either variant of the business class seat found throughout much of the fleet.
Let’s hope that in 2018 United can speed up the retrofit process…