United Airlines upgrades service between Australia & the U.S.A.
United Airlines recently announced a new aircraft type for their service to Australia from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The current 747-400 aircraft will be replaced with the newer, more fuel efficient 777-200ER from April 2014. So what does this mean for travellers?
The change in aircraft means that United passengers will finally have on-demand seat back entertainment in economy class; an issue that has plagued the airline for years. Competitors Delta, Virgin Australia and Qantas have offered seat back entertainment in economy on these routes for years while Hawaiian Airlines also introduced seat back entertainment on their new A-330 service between Honolulu and Sydney.
United’s Triple 7 will feature their new international three class cabin configuration which consists of 8 seats in Global First, 40 in Business First, and 221 in Economy. This includes the 117 seats in Economy Plus which offers greater leg room and increased personal space.
Another big change in the United Triple 7 economy cabin is that the long standing 2-5-2 seating configuration will change to the more industry standard 3-3-3 layout. For decades United preferred the 2-5-2 configuration in their DC-10s and did as much with the 777.
United will also be outfitting the long-haul Triple 7 fleet with Wi-Fi connectivity which according to the airline will keep you connected throughout the long flight across the Pacific.
About the author: Currently living in Brisbane, Australia, Todd Sturm is a travel writer and frequent contributor to Morethanroute66.com. As a twenty year veteran of the airline industry in both the U.S.A. and Australia, Todd is an avid traveller whose favourite destinations include historic sites, national parks as well as points of interest on and around the Great Lakes. From ships, planes, trains and automobiles, Todd is also a transportation enthusiast who particularly enjoys writing about the airline industry and commercial aviation.