United Airlines has transformed its existing Business First product into the brand new United Polaris Pod concept named after the brightest star in the Ursa Minor constellation. You can read my flight review of United Polaris Business Class, and you can see new Polaris seat pictures in the scroller above.
There will be a brand new international business class seat (pictured below), which is made up of a United Polaris forward-facing pod. The seats can be converted into 180-degree fully-flat beds measuring six foot six inches. The Polaris pods will be arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring direct aisle access for all customers. Each seat or pod has been custom-designed in partnership with Acumen Design Associates and Priestman Goode, with aircraft seat manufacturer Zodiac tasked with construction.
If you want to fly in the new United Polaris seat, the first ones will be available on United’s B777-300ER, which it will take delivery of later this year. The carrier’s upcoming B787-10 and A350-1000 aircraft will also fly with the new product, while the United is looking to retrofit its B767-300s and B777-200s as well. The new seat will come with power outlets, USB charging ports, reading lights, noise-canceling headphones, and a premium amenity kit filled with Cowshed products.
United’s current Business First product is most commonly arranged in a squashed eight-across seating arrangement – with the exception of newer aircraft, such as the B787 Dreamliners, which feature a more comfortable 2-2-2 configuration. The new Polaris pod seat will match similar products on offer from US rivals, including the Delta Air Lines new Business Class suite and the high-quality business class seating launching from American Airlines with similar configurations.
Along with the new seat, United Polaris customers can expect a pre-departure beverage and gourmet chocolate. Meal services have been developed in partnership with The Trotter Project and its chefs, including Bill Kim from the acclaimed Chicago restaurants Urbanbelly, bellyQ, and Belly Shack. Made-to-order ice cream sundaes, as well as a fully stocked dessert cart, will be available throughout the flight. Long-haul flights will also provide mid-flight snacks such as lobster macaroni and cheese.
United will also introduce a new United Polaris lounge concept (pictured above) in a new facility at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on December 1, 2016. The lounge will offer custom-designed chairs, private daybeds, shower facilities, and chef-inspired hot meals. The United Polaris lounges will also be introduced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York/Newark, Washington Dulles, Tokyo Narita, Hong Kong, and London Heathrow in 2017.
Pictures courtesy of United Airlines.