By summer time 2023, all United Airways extensive physique jets used for lengthy haul worldwide flights ought to function the brand new(ish) Polaris seats. This spring we discovered about United’s plans for reconfiguring 767-400s. There’s now an replace, as the primary jet reconfigured jet must be getting into service shortly, and we even have the seatmap for the brand new configuration.
United Airways 767-400s getting new cabins
In 2016 United Airways revealed its new Polaris enterprise class idea, although the airline certain has been putting in the brand new cabins at a sluggish tempo (in equity, that is the truth of how issues are achieved at most airways). Because it stands, the one extensive physique plane in United’s fleet to under no circumstances function the brand new Polaris seats is the 767-400.
United has 16 of those planes in its fleet, and throughout the pandemic there had been questions on whether or not or not United would even preserve these planes round (in the event that they had been going to be retired, it after all wouldn’t have made sense to reconfigure them).
Nonetheless, a number of months in the past we discovered that United plans to reconfigure all Boeing 767-400s with new cabins, together with new Polaris enterprise class and Premium Plus premium financial system seats. Along with new seats, these 767-400s are anticipated to function refreshed bathrooms, up to date Panasonic inflight leisure, and new LED lighting.
The primary Boeing 767-400 to be reconfigured is getting ready to as soon as once more enter service. Particularly, the airplane with the license plate N68061 has been in Hong Kong since July 8 getting cabin work achieved, and it’s anticipated to fly to Guam tomorrow, after which enter service within the coming days.
Presumably we’ll quickly see United reconfigure a number of 767s at a time, as all 16 767-400s are anticipated to be reconfigured by spring 2023, in time for the summer time 2023 schedule.
How will United’s 767-400s be reconfigured?
How will the variety of seats change when United reconfigures its Boeing 767-400s? For context, at present United’s 767-400s function a complete of 240 seats, together with:
- 39 enterprise class seats
- 70 Financial system Plus (additional legroom financial system) seats
- 131 financial system class seats
As soon as reconfigured, United’s 767-400s will function a complete of 231 seats, together with:
- 34 Polaris (enterprise class) seats
- 24 Premium Plus (premium financial system) seats
- 48 Financial system Plus (additional legroom financial system) seats
- 124 financial system class seats
As you’ll be able to see, United will “solely” be dropping 9 whole seats, representing a ~4% capability discount. The airline shall be dropping 5 enterprise class seats and 22 additional legroom financial system seats, however shall be gaining 24 premium financial system seats, plus can have a way more aggressive enterprise class product.
I’ve all the time discovered it fascinating how United’s 767-400s don’t have any bathrooms on the entrance of the cabin, as you’ll be able to see on the above seatmap.
For what it’s price, the airline shall be utilizing the code “76U” internally to refer to those newly reconfigured jets.
United Airways has began the method of reconfiguring its first Boeing 767-400, and the primary airplane with the brand new cabins ought to enter service shortly. We are able to anticipate that the total fleet of 767-400s shall be reconfigured by the summer time of 2023. United shall be putting in new Polaris enterprise class seats, in addition to Premium Plus premium financial system seats. This additionally means by subsequent spring, United’s Polaris retrofit challenge must be full.
It’s good to see that these jets have a bit extra life left in them.
What do you make of United’s plans to reconfigure 767-400s?