Just yesterday United began passenger flights with its first Polaris cabin retrofitted 767-300 between Newark and London. Some time ago I had outlined reasons why these retrofitted 767’s are THE 767’s to fly. A lot of it has to do with the new Polaris cabin. The cabin seat is a significant improvement from United’s previous offering and along with the rest of the Polaris experience, which includes revamped in-flight menu, bedding, and the Polaris Lounge, it will position itself as a desired product to fly… not the best, but good enough. The Polaris hype is understandable, but there’s another reason why United’s retrofitted 767’s are THE 767’s to fly: its also new economy cabin.
The 767-300 new economy cabin is also a significant improvement. The new seat is an awesome 18.5 inches wide. The previous seat was 17.6 inches wide. Lewis Lazare from Chicago Business Journal provided an insightful comparison:
By way of further comparison, United’s brand-spanking-new Dreamliner 787-9 going into service has economy cabin seats that range from 16.3 to 17.3 inches wide.
Actually the 767-300’s new economy seats are an improvement even over United’s brand new 777-300ER’s economy cabin, measuring at 17 inches wide. In economy class, inches matter tons, especially on long-haul flights.
So if you tend to fly 767 routes, like Newark/Chicago-Europe, know that regardless where you sit, Polaris or economy, you’ll be feeling much more comfortable between now and next year. United has two 767’s in the shop right now getting their new makeup and things are moving quickly.