August 23, 2011- United Airlines has announced plans to spend over $500 million to improve the seating in its fleet of planes. They also want to create a same feel and look all across their fleet. United merged with Continental last year and this is only one of the many different parts of the companies’ integration.
Flat-bed seats will be added by the airline to both first class and business cabins on flights that are long-haul, increase the space in overhead bins on certain jets and add Wi-Fi to planes that did not already have it.
Planes that were formerly Continental will get Economy Plus seats which are coach section seating but with additional leg space as well as including channel nine that gives passengers the chance to hear conversations between pilots and air traffic control.
United said by the end of 2011, 38 planes will have received the changes with over 100 more being completed before the end of March 2012. Starting in March of 2012 the overhead bins will be nearly doubled on the entire fleet of Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft, which total 152 that were flown under the old United. The increase in size will add room for another 40 bags.
This September flat bed seating will be installed in premium cabins along with on demand video and audio on 14 United 767 -300s, and 12 Continental 767-400s.