For us airline obsessed types we’ve known that the project was working towards completion for some time, however yesterday United officially announced the end of an extensive redesign of 15 Boeing 757-200s that fly the p.s. “Premium Service” routes, bringing flat-bed seats to every scheduled transcontinental flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Francisco and between New York JFK and Los Angeles.
The revamped p.s. aircraft offer 28 180-degree flat-bed United BusinessFirst seats, offering up to 6’4″ of sleeping space and more room for storage; 42 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats; and 72 United Economy seats. Designed to give customers an experience comparable to long-haul, international flights, United’s refurbished p.s. aircraft also offer:
- Inflight Wi-Fi
- Personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat – with 15.4″ monitors in United BusinessFirst and 9″ monitors in United Economy – offering hundreds of movies and television shows, plus other entertainment options
- Power outlets and USB ports at every seat
- Two additional inches of legroom in United Economy Plus compared to Economy Plus legroom on pre-renovation p.s. service
- Multi-course meals in United BusinessFirst on most flights
- Wine selections recommended by Doug Frost, United’s Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, including half bottles of premium wines for purchase in United Economy
“Our investment in these aircraft and in the p.s. service will add greatly to our flyer-friendly customer experience on these coast-to-coast flights,” said Jeff Foland, United’s executive vice president of marketing, technology and strategy.
Of course, both Delta and American have introduced their own upgraded transcon plans: