unitedewr737 wrote:I don’t know how many of you follow Zach Honig of The Points Guy on Instagram, but I noticed on his story that he was flying on a 737 with the new first class seats. I’m pretty sure it was a 737-700 because those are the only 737s that have gotten the new seats but it got me wondering does UA plan on retrofitting the domestic first seats anytime soon on their 737-800 or 900s? Many are really old, look tired and are very uncomfortable. I flew in the new first class seats a couple days ago on an a319 and I felt like it was night and day, much cleaner, looked great, and were very comfortable.
The First Class seat on the 737-800’s stick out like a pigeon dropping on a wedding dress. I have asked about this a few times before getting a firm answer- which I assume is true as the person who explained it seemed to really know the history.
It was a while ago, so if I am remembering wrong I apologize; but had something to do with a time period when CO did not have the money to buy many mainline aircraft but needed them, and ordered the 738’s. They had to select the most inexpensive off the shelf domestic F seat. (Yes, it’s very uncomfortable and ugly) Not sure, but by the time CO had the money the 737-900s were ordered with a much better off the shelf First Class seat. And the 900 (while still inconsistent is much better than the 800)
United must have a big fleet of the 737-800’s because they are everywhere throughout the domestic system- and I will avoid them if I can, take an earlier or later flight or different route, or fly E+ because the 737-800 F seat will land you in a chiropractor’s office!
On the bright side: I LOVE the NEW domestic First Class seat. (Q: How does it compare to the Premium Economy seat? Do the PE seats have that forward sliding bottom cushion?) The forward sliding butt cushion really adds a lot to the recline, great headrest, the power and stowage under it is perfectly designed, the slot for your laptop is very cool (although I’m afraid I’ll forget my computer in it) and tablet holder on the tray table is great- plus I think they look beautiful, ESPECIALLY with the new bulkheads which are only on the refurbished used Airbuses. IMHO, if I was Oscar I would purge those 738 F seats ASAP!
As much as I love the new interiors ala: used Airbuses, I will admit (from a purely nostalgic standpoint) the lavatories with the OLD UA silver, blue & maroon pussy willow wallpaper reminds me of the old “connoisseur class” days!
I have read that “ONE DAY” the 737-8/900’s will get the new First seat (which is a bespoke design by PriestmanGoode for United) but I haven’t a clue when.