Having just flown on a 25 y/o United 757 yesterday from Porto to Newark it got me thinking. Their are so many longer thin routes that the 757 is perfect for but so far United hasn’t ordered any any aircraft to replace it with. A lot of the 757’s they fly are very old. Seems the best replacement would be the A321NEOLR or A321NEOXLR. Any thoughts?
I have flown a UA 752 TATL many, many times to a handful of destinations in Europe over the past 10 (perhaps more years ago on CO, pre merger) At first I didn’t like it because the cabin size (which I presume was called BusinessFirst as merger/Polaris had yet to happen). But I continued to fly it because it was much more convenient way as a nonstop to places like Edinburgh or Lisbon etc, vs connecting. I grew to actually appreciate the small front cabin. Far less people and fast service- it almost felt like a commercial/private hybrid after ALWAYS being on a twin aisle.
However my pet peeve today is that it was NOT a very stylish Premium cabin back then either, and 10 years later the only changes are obvious wear and tear. They look old, and is totally devoid of anything remotely like a true Polars seat, and today an even more jarring disconnect after leaving the EWR Polaris Lounge. YET, it costs as much as a 787-10!
I think it’s just plain BAD for the United brand. Especially if you’ve now had some true Polaris flights or even spent roughly the same on SWISS, KLM, AF etc or EVEN TAP! Where the general atmosphere of business class is happy and nice vs the warn drab blue grey EVERYTHING on UA’s 752 (including ps) - and it would not take much either. Install the new bulkhead design, new carpets, great (vs cheesy amenity kits- until a new bird arrives!