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United Airlines’ first Airbus A321neo will debut on December 14th. The new plane will feature a redesigned First Class seat, personal TV screens, power ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and Wi-Fi.
United placed a massive order with Airbus. It consists of 70 A321neo jets and 50 A321XLR aircraft. This is the first delivery with subsequent aircraft set for later this year and early 2024. This aircraft will feature the elements debuted as part of the United Next program, which centers around the aircraft interiors. There will be 20 First Class, 57 Economy Plus®, and 123 Economy Class seats.
United Next promises new interior upgrades including faster Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, in-seat entertainment screens and power, more premium cabin and Economy Plus® seats, and larger overhead bins.
For First Class passengers this means three types of charging (wireless, USB-C, and an AC household-style outlet), 13-inch seatback screens, 18-inch tray tables, Bluetooth connectivity, and privacy screens among other design elements. This will be United’s first update to domestic First Class seat design since 2015 (more here).
The A321neo will fly ORD-PHX 2x daily between December 14 and January 8 and decrease to 1x daily afterward. All other flights are 1x daily.
United's inaugural A321neo flight, appropriately assigned to UA321, is ORD-PHX departing at 9:20 AM.
— Ishrion Aviation (@IshrionA) September 10, 2023
United has revealed the introductory routes for the A321neo. The inaugural flight (UA321) will be on December 14th and fly from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The aircraft will be used for leisure destinations like Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL), Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), Orlando International Airport (MCO), and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).
Anthony’s Take: I thought I might try to catch the inaugural flight and looked at pricing. First Class one way is over $1,200. I’ll pass unless that drops. The new First Class seats look great and it will be nice to see United Boeing 757-200 and 757-300 aircraft retire. These new planes will increase both capacity and passenger comfort.
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