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United Shows Off New Domestic First Class Seat With State-of-the-Art Features

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A new day is dawning for United’s domestic first class product.

The airline has shared the details of an all-new seat that boasts cutting-edge features including wireless charging, enhanced privacy, larger IFE screens, Bluetooth connectivity, and more!

Passengers will get to experience the upgraded cabins for the first time this summer on board United’s retrofitted Boeing 737 jets.

“As we evolve the onboard experience, we’re upending old industry norms and anticipating future needs to accommodate the new ways people live and travel,” said Mark Muren, Managing Director of Identity, Product, and Loyalty at United.

Let’s take a look at the details.

New Features in United First

Perhaps the most exciting update to United’s domestic first cabins is the addition of a Qi wireless charger at each seat. In addition, passengers will find a regular AC power outlet along with a USB-C port, meaning 3 devices can be charged at once.

United domestic First wireless charging
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The second major update comes by way of a curved (non-adjustable) divider that will help create more privacy. We’ll reserve judgment until we try the product for ourselves, but it doesn’t look like the privacy divider will be too obtrusive for those traveling together. At any rate, solo travelers will surely welcome the additional privacy at these seats.

Additional updates include a larger IFE screen, larger tray tables, and redesigned seats upholstered with vegan leather.

“This new United First seat is designed around the modern traveler – more charging options, bigger spaces for devices, food, drinks, and personal items, and extra privacy,” said Muren.

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Even though many modern travelers prefer to use personal devices for inflight entertainment, United has decided to further improve its IFE offering.

The new screens measure 13 inches and can be listened to using personal audio devices thanks to new Bluetooth connectivity.

United First passengers will also find larger tray tables (measuring 18 by 18.5 inches) with built-in tablet holders, quartzite cocktail tables, and bottle holders, which means they’ll have more space for their possessions.

The airline says the new first class seat will be found on 200 domestically configured jets by 2026, across the Boeing 737, Boeing 737 MAX, and Airbus A321neo fleets.

Final Thoughts

Flying up front on a United domestic flight is about to get quite a bit better.

United is bringing state-of-the-art features to its new domestic first class product, and flyers will certainly appreciate increased privacy, more storage, Bluetooth connectivity, larger IFE screens, and much more. Needless to say, we’re eager for this product to be rolled out as quickly as possible.

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