Wandering Aramean outlines planned actual improvements to United’s inflight product.
I previously reported that United would keep economy plus after its integration with Continental, and that the Continental fleet would be getting economy plus starting in 2012. Seth reports that the timetable is being moved up:
The company expects to see the E+seats on 38 Continental aircraft before the end of the year. Based on some information received from other sources it is quite possible that these first Economy Plus aircraft will be 757-300s or 737-800s. …By the end of Q1 2012 the company expects to have 100 Continental aircraft equipped with Economy Plus seats. That number will include 29 Bombardier Q400 commuter turbo-prop aircraft which will be equipped with both a first class and economy plus section.
Back in May I noted that United would be keeping Channel 9 (air traffic control as part of inflight audio), and then in June followed up with word that Continental would be getting Channel 9 in 2012. Seth highlights this re-affirmation as well.
There’s also updates on installation of new international flat bed seats (eg 12 more 777s converted by the end of the year, plus Continental’s lie-flat business class seats for the New York-San Francisco/Los Angeles ps flights), and improved inflight entertainment options for economy on the 747.
Ben is also covering the changes and notes that Airbus aircraft will double the size of their overhead bins (no more gate checked bags?), also that they’ll be bringing first class and economy plus to more United Express aircraft (the Q400s).