United are working very hard at the moment to deliver a consistent and re-invigorated brand, and to make that brand stand for reliability and good service, rather than evoke images of IT and Merger problems. The work the airline is doing at the moment is very encouraging and seems to be having positive results.
The new 'Polaris' Business Class, while not groundbreaking, is a solid premium product on par with AA,DL,CX etc. and is a far better hard product than Emirates' 2-3-2 seating layout on their 777s. It is an exciting development and I hope that it will herald the start of the next chapter for United. The merger is complete, now it is time to invest in the product and transform the image of the company, which Munoz and his team seem determined to do.
Clearly, some people are never going to get over the UA/CO merger. If that is the case, so be it, but please don't turn every thread about United into an argument about the merger. It happened, it won't be reversed. The planes are painted how they're painted. And if you really loathe United that much, don't fly with them, that's entirely your prerogative, but I will say that, from experience, they are not even halfway close to being as bad as people make them out to be. This is a thread about a new aircraft type, which will herald the introduction of a new business class product - that's what we should be discussing, not whether or not planes should have Tulips on the tail, or whether United was better than Continental. /Rant Over