United Airlines said the first flight by an aircraft equipped with its new premium cabin upgrade will be 767 service from Washington Dulles to Frankfurt on Oct. 29. UA said it will be the first US airline to offer 180-deg. lie-flat business class beds on long-haul flights (ATWOnline, July 25). The aircraft will operate between IAD, FRA and Zurich and will be the first of 97 planes outfitted with the new product. The first 747 will begin flying in mid-December and the first 777 in early February, UA said. One reconfigured aircraft will join the fleet each week through the fall of 2009. In addition to the new seats, UA will add on-demand IFE, new premium cabin restrooms, new seat cushions in coach and new carpet.
UAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4860 times:
i am a little dissapointed that LHR was not given the aircraft first but thats just me being selfish I guess, I hope we get a 767 not long thereafter as I am dieing to try the new seats out and see the new cabins throughout.
RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4824 times:
Quoting UAL777UK (Reply 6): i am a little dissapointed that LHR was not given the aircraft first but thats just me being selfish I guess, I hope we get a 767 not long thereafter as I am dieing to try the new seats out and see the new cabins throughout.
It has more to do with scheduling than anything else. If UA were to use the single reconfig a/c for an IAD-LHR routing in Oct, they would only be able to do it every other day (since it RON's in LHR). In other IAD-Euro markets, they can send it back and forth everyday.
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