United Airlines has unveiled its latest domestic first-class seat along with a photo and details of the design. The airline is set to install this new seat on over 200 aircraft by the end of 2026, starting with its debut on a Boeing 737 later this month.
Other aircraft, including 737 NGs, 737 Maxes, and Airbus A321neos, will also be equipped with this new product. This marks the first major update to the United First seat design since 2015.
Mark Muren, United's managing director of identity, product, and loyalty, explained that the new United First seat is tailored to suit the modern traveller's needs. The seat offers more charging options, ample space for devices, food, drinks, and personal items, as well as increased privacy. By revolutionising the onboard experience, United aims to adapt to the changing ways people live and travel.
While certain key details about the new United First cabin design are yet to be revealed, the airline has shared some exciting features. The seats will be made from synthetic leather and come equipped with two innovative additions: an 11-by-19-inch dividing shield between neighbouring seats and a wireless charging station on each armrest.
Furthermore, the seat will boast 18-by-8.5-inch tray tables, larger than the previous design, and a tray between seats to hold beverages when passengers use their primary tray table for electronic devices or other items. The new configuration will also feature 13-inch seatback entertainment screens, maintaining consistency with some existing United First seats, but an upgrade compared to the standard 12-inch screens in most first-class cabins.
As for the seat's comfort, it will recline up to five inches and be positioned one inch lower than its predecessor. The headrests will also come with wings, providing additional support for passengers' heads when leaning to the right or left.
In addition to equipping the new United First seats on selected aircraft, United Airlines plans to update over 200 existing domestic first-class seats on specific 737s, Airbus A319s, and Airbus A320s by 2025. These updated seats will come with new seat cushions, synthetic leather upholstery, and winged headrests, enhancing the overall in-flight experience for passengers.