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United's Triple Seven(th) Heaven

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United adds Boeing's latest generation Boeing 777 aircraft, the 777-300ER, to its fleet for 2017 The 777-300ER's modern, spacious cabin will be the first to feature the all-new United Polaris direct-aisle seats, part of the airline's sleep-enhancing business class experience (newsroom.united.com) Más...

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mduell
Mark Duell 12
3-4-3 in Economy (Plus and otherwise) sounds more like hell than heaven to me.
wopri
You are right, no amount of marketing hype is a substitute to missing inches.
asc12
Andy Cornwell 2
I've heard THAT before.
wopri
Unless you are very rich of course, In that case you might get away with short fingers. :)
brillat
Ben Brillat 3
Absolutely. United's 3-4-3 is only 17.1 inches of width instead of the 18.5 that you get with 3-3-3. Especially on super long haul like with the 777, that extra 1.4 inches makes a huge difference in overall quality of the flight experience. Georgia Tech ergonomics paper says 50th percentile male shoulder breadth is 17.9 inches: http://ergotmc.gtri.gatech.edu/dgt/Design_Guidelines/hndch703.htm#Figure 7-17. Shoulder Breadth.
Pileits
Pileits 3
You can say that again.
IanDeans
Ian Deans 2
Sure is like hell. Add a tight seat pitch too and it's almost torture. Love the way these so-called "premium full-service" carriers seem to be leading the charge with cramped economy cabins. Now there is little difference between these and the budget carriers.
bluesturbo
Sad to see an amazing aircraft like the 777 being used by United, what an awful waste!
CDreier
Chuck Dreier 2
Must one pay to use the overhead bins?
s2v8377
s2v8377 2
Not to defend United's B77W main cabin configuration, as I agree 3-4-3 seating on a 777 is a form of torture you have to pay for.

However, American also has it on their B77W and retrofitted B772's. Also many other international carries have taken delivery of their B77W's with 3-4-3 seating, so United is not doing anything that hasn't been done by others.

It's just a shame that airlines just don't care about the comfort of passengers in the main cabin anymore. It's all about profit at the expense of their customers.

wopri
Exactly!
airfrere
Mark Schenk 2
As I suspected, the business class enhancements will come at the price of a downgraded experience in economy. I'm not a wide person, but ten seats across in economy makes for a misery for anything more than a two-hour flight.
rlbj25
Rob Brown 2
No thanks, United. I'll keep paying a bit more to fly Korean Air to Asia and enjoying their 3-3-3, 18" wide, 34" pitch seats.
s2v8377
s2v8377 1
United's official press release on their newest fleet type the B77W. The flight numbers for the domestic service starting in February are UAL1920 EWR-SFO and UAL443 SFO-EWR.
s2v8377
s2v8377 1
Additional flight info from RouteOnline:
http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/270335/united-outlines-777-300er-operation-in-1q17/

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