May 27 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

United fleet from New York now fully outfitted for comfort, entertainment

By Rick Lundstrom

United Airlines announced that effective Friday, it can offer all passengers 180-degree flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in premium cabins on every scheduled, long-haul international flight.

United has outfitted 182 international aircraft with United Global First and United BusinessFirst cabins. With more than 450 daily departures to more than 150 cities, United operates nonstop flights destinations around the world from New York's Kennedy and LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports.A look at United's Economy Plus cabin

"We continue to invest in every aspect of the customer experience – online, in our airports and in the air," said Jeff Foland, United's executive vice president – marketing, technology and strategy. "With more robust online and mobile tools, more modern terminal facilities and lounges, on-demand entertainment and a growing number of our aircraft with global satellite Wi-Fi, we are working to ensure we remain the New York region's best choice for air travel."

Last week, United detailed its $150 million in plans to redesign the airline's Terminal C check-in facilities at Newark Liberty, install new flight-information displays, deploy a new checked-baggage screening system and complete construction of a widebody maintenance hangar.

United is upgrading its transcontinental "p.s" Premium Service aircraft that fles from New York Kennedy to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The 757 aircraft will, once retrofitted, with offer flat-bed premium cabin seats and Wi-Fi and personal on-demand entertainment available throughout the aircraft. The fourth p.s. aircraft to be retrofitted enters service in June. The airline anticipates completing the entire p.s. fleet by year-end.

United is also outfitting aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi connectivity on long-haul international flights. The airline expects to have more than 200 aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi before the end of the year. This month, United deployed the 200th aircraft with live television.

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