United Airlines Offers Flat-Bed Seats On All Long-Haul International Flights
From North American Hubs
Flat-bed seats now on 183 international long-haul aircraft, more than any U.S.
CHICAGO, June 12, 2013
CHICAGO, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines now features
180-degree flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in the premium
cabins on all scheduled, long-haul international flights from the airline's
eight North American hubs and between Seattle and Tokyo Narita. United is the
only U.S. carrier to exclusively provide flat-bed comfort to premium cabin
travelers on such scheduled, long-haul flights from the continental United
"Global business travelers know how important it is to arrive to their
destinations well-rested, and United can meet that need better than any other
airline," said Jeff Foland, United's executive vice president – marketing,
technology and strategy.
United has outfitted 183 international long-haul aircraft with United Global
First and United BusinessFirst cabins, and offers more than 7,000 total
flat-bed seats fleet-wide, more than any other U.S. carrier. Customers in the
premium cabins receive a higher level of privacy and comfort, a multi-course
meal with complimentary wine options and more-personal attention.
United recently launched turn-down service for customers seated in United
Global First, offering travelers an added touch of luxury and a better
sleeping experience on long-haul flights.
In addition to offering customers more flat-bed seats on more aircraft than
any other U.S. carrier, United currently provides extra-legroom Economy Plus
seating on nearly 650 mainline aircraft and approximately 150 regional jets.
United is also revamping the transcontinental "p.s." Premium Service fleet of
aircraft that fly between New York Kennedy and Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Customers traveling on the revamped p.s. aircraft will experience an improved
premium cabin with fully flat-bed seats, faster Wi-Fi Internet service, and
personal on-demand entertainment at every seat. The fourth p.s. aircraft to be
retrofitted enters service this month, and United anticipates completing the
entire p.s. fleet by year-end.
United is also outfitting aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi, offering inflight
connectivity on long-haul international flights. The airline expects to have
more than 200 aircraft outfitted with satellite Wi-Fi before the end of the
United recently deployed the 200th aircraft with live television, giving
United the world's largest fleet of aircraft equipped with live television.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day
to more than 370 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United
Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on 200 aircraft, offering customers
more live television access than any other airline in the world. United
operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in
its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking
delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its
industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. According to the 4^th annual
Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May
2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the
largest U.S. global airlines. United is a founding member of Star Alliance,
which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More than
85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the
world.For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and
Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings,
Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
SOURCE United Airlines
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