Posted on: 11 September 2015 by Ross McSweeny
A new custom-designed seat for first-class cabins, is set to be introduced across more than 200 of United Airlines’ narrowbody aircraft.
At 21.1 inches wide, the new United First seat is wider than the current seat and will debut on an Airbus A319 week commencing 14 September. Throughout 2016, the airline will retrofit its A319s, A320s and many Boeing 737s and 757s.
New features include a patented-design tray table with tablet holder, enabling travellers to enjoy food and beverages while using their personal electronic devices; in-seat universal A/C power outlets for customers to charge their devices; additional in-seat storage, including two seatback pockets and side stowage for laptops and tablets; dedicated beverage holders; granite cocktail tables, as well as aesthetic enhancements such as all-leather seat covers in signature navy and champagne colours and an articulating seat bottom for greater comfort when reclining and an adjustable headrest.
As Tom O'Toole, United's senior vice president and chief marketing officer says, "This new seat is directly based on customer testing and feedback." Working alongside design firm PriestmanGoode, O’Toole added, "We designed a custom seat that incorporates the features that today's passengers want and upgrades our cabins."
Each aircraft will continue to have the same number of premium-cabin seats.