United Airlines (Chicago) according to the airline, “is introducing a new, comfortable, custom-designed seat for first-class cabins on more than 200 of the company’s narrowbody aircraft.”
Above Photo: United Airlines.
The seat will debut on an Airbus A319 (above) next week, with retrofits on A319s, A320s and many Boeing 737s and 757s through 2016.
Developed with input from customers whom the airline invited to test seat prototypes, the custom seat United and design firm PriestmanGoode have created features several elements to improve the customer experience, including:
All-leather seat covers in signature navy and champagne colors;
A patented-design tray table with tablet holder, enabling travelers to enjoy food and beverages while using their personal electronic devices;
An articulating seat bottom for greater comfort when reclining and an adjustable headrest;
In-seat universal A/C power outlets for customers to charge their devices;
Additional in-seat storage, including two seatback pockets and side stowage for laptops and tablets;
Dedicated beverage holders; and
Granite cocktail tables.
At 21.1 inches wide, the new United First seat is wider than the current seat and will have numerous custom-design elements and premium finishes, including the signature United-branded tag.
Each aircraft will continue to have the same number of premium-cabin seats.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-131 N850UA (msn 1653) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.
Virgin America (San Francisco) today (October 28) launched its new service from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) with four daily nonstop flights to Dallas Love Field (DAL). From today, the airline is now servicing all three major airports in New York with now up to 20 flights departing the New York metropolitan area each day.
Virgin America secured 12 slots at LGA earlier this year as part of the American Airlines merger settlement. The new services have been timed to provide convenient connections with Virgin America’s new nonstop schedule from DAL. This includes three daily nonstop flights from DAL to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). With a loyal following of business travelers, the airline recently announced plans to add a fourth daily trip from DAL to DCA, SFO and LAX as of April 2015.
British Airways (London) is adding four European short-haul routes from London Heathrow for the next summer season per Airline Route. Service to Corfu (four weekly flights) starts on May 1, Kos (twice-weekly) starts on May 2, Olbia (twice-weekly) starts on May 2 and Split (twice-weekly) starts on May 3.
Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-131 G-EUOH (msn 1604) “The Dove” taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport.