Later this week, my domestic First Class flight of about ~6 hours is scheduled to be operated by an Airbus A320 with the new United Domestic First Class! Hopefully the aircraft doesn’t get swapped for another A320 that still has the old First Class.
There are a few A319/A320s that feature United’s New Domestic First Class, but they are limited. You can reference the United Airlines Fleet Website by simply searching for the aircraft number of the flight you will be on – the website then will tell you what amenities that particular aircraft has (eg. WiFi, Power, etc).
United’s new Domestic First Class features the following amenities:
- New, 6-way adjustable headrest
- Universal AC power
- Real granite cocktail tables
- Articulating seat base (I think this will be cool)
- Tablet stand integrated into tray table
- Wider seats
- In-arm storage
- Signature leather seat design
Here’s what United’s current A320 First Class looks like:
The new seats are supposed to be more slimline and smaller (as in, won’t take up so much space). I honestly don’t know how I feel about the new seats… it feels sort of like a better version of their Economy seat and not necessarily a “First” Class seat. United claims the new seat is more comfortable due to the articulating seat base and additional padding.
In addition to upgrading the seat, United has also been upgrading their North America Premium Cabin Dining… but honestly, the meals aren’t that much better… especially the “dinner” flights; the “lunch” flight meals are perfectly acceptable, though.
In conclusion, it is nice to see United Airlines invest in their premium cabins on North American routes. Hopefully the new seat will be comfortable and better than the old seat… I will definitely let you all know after sitting in it for ~6 hours!