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

Economy

Number of seats

48

88

116

Seat pitch

6 foot 6-inch sleeping space

35 inches

32 inches

Seat recline

180°

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

Entertainment

Personal on-demand

Personal on-demand

Personal on-demand

Wifi

Coming soon

Coming soon

Coming soon

Power outlets

Yes

Yes

Yes

USB ports

Yes

Yes

Yes

iPod Connect

Yes

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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