United has added 16 Polaris seats with direct-aisle access to its business class cabin, and the retrofitted planes will also feature 22 United Premium Plus seats, 47 Economy Plus seats and 52 economy seats.
With a total of 46 Polaris seats, it will have almost as many business seats as standard economy, and feature a higher proportion of premium seats on a wide-body aircraft than any other US carrier.
United Premium Plus seats are a new addition for United, located closer to the front of the plane behind the Polaris cabin.
The pitch is bigger than economy, and passengers receive speedy check-in, free checked bags, an upgraded dining service, bedding and amenity kits.
United’s Polaris cabin offers large flat-bed seats with direct-aisle access, premium dining and signature amenities, as well as airport lounge access.
The reconfigured aircraft will also operate on five daily direct flights between Heathrow and New York’s Newark airport.
“On our New York/Newark and now Chicago O’Hare services, we are offering our Polaris business class seating as well as a new class of service with our new Premium Plus product,” says United’s Managing Director for Sales UK and Ireland, Bob Schumacher.
“As we are seeing a significant increase in customer demand for premium seats, we are excited to be able to expand the number of seats on all of our flights between London Heathrow and our hometown Chicago hub.”
United has daily flights from London Heathrow to New York, Chicago, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver. It also flies from Manchester and Edinburgh to New York.