United’s first P.S. reconfigured 757 took off from LAX this morning in route for JFK offering one of the best rides available from LAX to JFK until Delta and AA introduce their new/reconfigured aircrafts in the near future. The newly configured plane only offers two classes of service. United has followed the industry trend and has removed the first class cabin. United is now only offering business and economy class cabins between LAX and JFK & SFO and JFK.
The newly refurbished plane comes with all the bells and whistles one would expect on 21st century aircraft. The plane is equipped with 28 full flat business class seats, 48 economy plus seats, and 66 standard bone crushing economy seats. The new aircraft bucks United trend of only offering economy plus seats on this route, which offer more leg room, and decreases the number of premium seats available per plane by 10 (goodbye Elite upgrades!) Despite the reduced number of premium seats and the decline in legroom in the back of the plane, the plane does offer some nice features and upgrades.
- New seats: If you’re seated in the premium cabin, you’ll enjoy 180-degree flat-bed seats, which offer up to 6’4” of sleeping space plus more storage.
- Inflight entertainment: Throughout the aircraft, you’ll have access to personal on-demand entertainment, including a newly designed interactive touchscreen and more than 150 hours of programming. Individual monitors are 15.4” in the premium cabin and 9” in United Economy.
- Inflight dining: Premium-cabin customers may choose from a variety of dining options and wine selections chosen by our Master Sommelier and Master of Wine Doug Frost.
- Inflight connectivity: Wherever you’re seated, you can stay connected with Gogo® inflight Internet service. The aircraft also features power outlets and USB ports in every seat.
- On-the-ground perks: Customers in the premium cabin and premier-level MileagePlus® members have access to United Premier Access® check-in and priority boarding lanes. Premium-cabin customers also have access to United ClubSM locations at New York Kennedy, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Some of these features were offered on the old PS planes including the GOGO wireless internet and personal video on demand (PVOD) in the premium cabin. The new plans offer PVOD throughout, meaning customers without tablets and computers can entertain themselves at will instead of straining to see the overhead TVs throughout the cabin.
An upgrade to a plane is always welcomed, although it is sad to see more and more premium seats being pulled from some of the longest domestic routes in the USA. As United rolls out these new plans, over 400 premium seats will vanish and 2640 economy seats will be added to the market each way per week. This new plane is nice, but it will be making upgrades and business class award travel harder than ever when traveling coast to coast.