Business class travel is becoming more popular with consumers largely due to the expansion of business class cabin amenities and upgrading business class seats. Business class cabin amenities include a wider, more comfortable business class seat, excellent food, and premium entertainment. Business class cabin amenities are a great way to try out the luxuries offered in the forward cabin without paying the higher price of the first class cabin. The wider business class seat is just the beginning of the luxuries offered in business class.
At the Airport
Business class passengers can use the premier traveler lines at the check-in counter and through security checks. These lines are always shorter, have minimal wait times and are staffed by veteran employees who can move you through the line and to your destination quickly. The premiere traveler lines are very short and move quickly through security checks as well. At the check-in counter, business class travelers can check additional luggage without incurring an additional fee and you can take more carry on bags too. The number of bags permitted and the weights allowed vary based on aircraft, season, and destination, so check the United website for exact requirements before you arrive at the airport.
After check-in and security, business class passengers can stop in at one of United’s club lounges or Polaris lounge. The attendant at the lounge will check you in and keep track of any changes or delays to your flight. If you have work to finish, need to make phone calls, write emails, or even want to plan a few more sights to see on your vacation, these lounges offer a nice, quiet get-away from the noise and congestion of the airport. The lounges are luxurious, quiet, and professional. They offer full meals, snacks, alcohol, soda machines, cold water, and even have shower rooms stocked with high-end grooming products. The service attendants will let you know if your flight is delayed or affected by any other changes. Once at your gate, you pre-board and get settled in your seat before other passengers, again no waiting or rushing.
Business Class Cabin Amenities and Business Class Seats
Business class passengers can also preboard their flights which means no waiting to board and no one behind you rushing you as you are trying to get settled into your seat. United recently completed aircraft renovations that included a new business class seat. This new seat is extra-spacious and was designed for comfort and convenience. The seating areas in business class are functional as well. Whether you are working or relaxing, your business class seating area has everything you need.
The new business class seat features contoured two-tone leather, a six-way adjustable headrest, and a padded articulating seat cushion that forms to your body’s curves.
Business class on United offers a lot of storage space for your personal items, including an in-arm tablet/laptop slot, a personal water bottle located in the console, and double seatback pockets. The seat features a new tray table design with a flip-up mobile device holder that fits more than 200 phone and tablet models, and a universal AC power plug to charge your devices throughout the flight. There is a granite-topped extendable cocktail table in the center console for eating and working.
In business class, passenger view entertainment using United Private Screening which includes the main cabin screen, seatback on-demand, and personal device entertainment services. Availability of this service depends on your aircraft, and the system provides complimentary access to an extensive library of movies, television programs, music and programming that is exclusive to United. DIRECTV is complimentary for United Business class travelers. There are more than 100 channels of live television and a selection of new movie releases. United offers Wi-Fi service on most of their aircraft.
The food in business class is restaurant quality and is made by award-winning chefs. The menu changes frequently and features seasonal dishes made with local ingredients. The wine list has recently been upgraded and features excellent wines that pair perfectly with the menus offered in business class.
United Airlines has been flying “the Friendly Skies’ for 92 years. United’s first flight was from Pasco, Washington to Boise, Idaho in 1926. Walter T. Varney founded Varney Air Lines in 1926 and Varney Speed Lines in 1934 which would eventually become United Airlines and Continental Airlines.
The United 247 airplane could cross North America in a single night and was the first modern airliner.
United pioneered the hiring of female flight attendants in 1930. All of the first United flight attendants were registered nurses as well. Male flight attendants began working for United in 1950 on flights between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. United created the first flight kitchen in 1936. The first meal served on a United plane was a choice of fried chicken or scrambled eggs.
United developed the first flying laboratory to develop advancements in flying like electronic flight simulators, landing systems, and weather radar. United was the first airline to equip its entire fleet with airborne radar.
United became the first U.S. airline to order jetliners with the DC-8. United’s Mainliner was the world’s first in-flight magazine published for a single airline. In 1995, United was the first airline to use Boeing’s 777 planes.
United became the first airline to form a global alliance with Lufthansa, Air Canada, SAS and Thai International via the Star Alliance. United is the third largest airline in the world. United collects more “ancillary” revenue than any airline in the world.
United does not believe in beards or facial hair for the crew. Mustaches may not extend more than a ¼ inch below the sides of the mouth. And, oddly enough, fingernails have certain restrictions like, “may be no longer than ½ inch long”.
United flies to 78 domestic destinations and 108 overseas locations. United has 9 hubs throughout the world which include Chicago, Houston, Newark, Denver, San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Guam. Chicago O’Hare International Airport is United’s largest hub and also the location of their corporate headquarters.
For more information on business class cabin amenities and business class seats, check the United Airlines website or consult with your travel agent. Business class cabin amenities and business class seats vary based on destination and aircraft.