United Airlines has unveiled the new domestic first class seat which will be rolled out to more than 200 aircraft by late 2026.
The new seat features a privacy screen, vegan leather upholstery, a larger 18-inch tray table, an Italian quartzite cocktail table, winged headrest, a five-inch recline, and “an ergonomist-designed seat cushion that sits one-inch lower to accommodate a wider variety of heights”.
There is also Bluetooth connectivity to the 13-inch IFE screen, and a total of three charging options, including a wireless charging station in the arm rest, a USB-C port and standard AC power socket.
The seat has been installed on the carrier’s first Boeing 737, and will begin its rollout this summer, eventually being fitted to United’s fleet of 737 NG, A321 neo and 737 Max domestic aircraft.
In addition the airline will update existing domestic first class seats on selected Boeing 737, A319 and A320 aircraft by 2025, with new seat cushions, vegan leather upholstery and winged headrests.
In June 2021 United announced orders for 50 Boeing 737 Max 8, 150 737 Max 10 and 70 A321 neo aircraft, as part of the carrier’s ‘United Next’ programme.
Commenting on the news Mark Muren, United managing director of identity, product and loyalty, said:
“This new United First seat is designed around the modern traveller – more charging options, bigger spaces for devices, food, drinks and personal items and extra privacy.
“As we evolve the onboard experience, we’re upending old industry norms and anticipating future needs to accommodate the new ways people live and travel.”