United Continental Holdings subsidiary United Airlines has completed installing Economy Plus premium-economy seating on all the Boeing 757-200s it operates on long-haul international flights, offering economy customers the option of six inches of extra legroom.
With the reconfiguration, the aircraft have 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, 45 seats in Economy Plus and 108 in Economy. The Boeing 757-200 reconfiguration project, which began in late November, outfitted 41 aircraft with a total of 1,845 Economy Plus seats.
The 41 aircraft principally operate on flights linking Newark Liberty International Airport with Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Oslo, Paris, Shannon, Stockholm and Stuttgart; and linking Washington/Dulles with Amsterdam and Paris.
“For many years, the Boeing 757 has enabled year-round service in long-haul international markets where customer demand doesn’t support the use of larger aircraft, and has allowed us to offer multiple daily flights between larger markets,” says Jim Compton, United’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer.
“Customers have long enjoyed the convenience. With Economy Plus, they now have a new choice in economy-cabin comfort as well,” says Compton.
Customers with premier status in United’s MileagePlus and OnePass frequent-flyer programs may confirm complimentary seat assignments in Economy Plus, when available. Customers may purchase Economy Plus seating (when available) online at united.com and continental.com, or with a reservations agent, or at the airport.
United introduced Economy Plus in 1999. Today, the company offers the extra-legroom seating on more than 400 mainline aircraft and more than 150 regional jets. United says that, when its extra-legroom seat product is fully deployed, it will offer customers more extra-legroom economy class seats than any airline in the world.
The airline has also recently modified 28 three-cabin Boeing 777-200ERs with new premium cabins, offering flat-bed seats and audio and video on demand, as well as larger video screens and power ports in United Economy. United plans to modify 18 more Boeing 777s in the next year.
United’s 23 Boeing 747-400s, 21 three-cabin Boeing 767-300ERs, 22 two-cabin 777-200ERs and 41 international 757-200s are already equipped with new premium cabins.
In addition, one Boeing 767-400ER (originally a Continental Airlines aircraft) now features new premium-cabin flat-bed seats, Economy Plus seating and audio and video on demand. The airline will similarly modify 11 additional 767-400ERs and 14 767-300ERs. When this task is completed, according to United, it will offer more flat-bed seats than any airline in the world.
The airline also plans to begin expanding the overhead bins in its 152 Airbus A319s and A320s, increasing their available carry-on-bag overhead-storage space by approximately two-thirds.
Additionally, United will install satellite-enabled in-flight Internet service on its aircraft beginning later in 2012.
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