United unveils seat plan for B787-9

United Airlines, the North American launch customer for the Boeing B787-9, will begin flying the Dreamliner non-stop between Los Angeles and Melbourne from October 26.

As reported previously by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific (see here), the carrier will retrofit the B787-9 with a three-class configuration, with 48 seats in business (Business First), 63 in premium economy (Economy Plus), and 204 in economy.

A seat plan has been released on United’s official website, which details the seat configurations of each cabin class. As expected, the seat layout seen in the B787-9 mirrors that of the older B787-8, with business class sporting a 2-2-2 setting, while premium economy and economy both share a 3-3-3 configuration.

United Airlines B787-9 seat plan

B787-9 seatplan courtesy of United Airlines

In terms of the interior, the B787-8 and B787-9 will share the same types of seats. However, as the B787-9 is 63m long – the B787-8 is only 57m – United has been able to accommodate 12 more seats in business, 18 more in premium economy, and three additional seats in economy.

For a more detailed look at the specifications of United’s B787-9, see below:


Business First

Economy Plus


Number of seats




Seat pitch

6 foot 6-inch sleeping space

35 inches

32 inches

Seat recline


4 inches

3 inches

Seat width

22 inches

17.3 inches

17.3 inches

Movable armrests

All aisle seats

All aisle seats (except bulkhead)

All aisle seats


Personal on-demand

Personal on-demand

Personal on-demand


Coming soon

Coming soon

Coming soon

Power outlets




USB ports




iPod Connect


Fixed bassinets

6AB, 6KL

16ABC, 16DEF, 16JKL, 27DEF

For more information, visit www.united.com

Clement Huang

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  • sucks that they haven’t gone with a direct aisle access for all business seats. People in the window seats don’t want to step over someone to get out

  • Premium Economy only an extra 3″ of pitch over Economy makes the $181 extra fee on the Melb – LAX a bit steep although I imagine the poor food and so-so demeanour of the cabin crew will remain the same !!

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