Delta Air Lines has doors on (some) of its business class seats. They were second in the world to do launch this, behind Qatar Airways, though they sometimes claim to have been first. American Airlines is planning to introduce suites with doors in business class on new Boeing 787-9 deliveries.
However United is still installing Polaris seats on planes which, while far superior to their old legacy Continental Airlines ‘Diamond’ business class that doesn’t even have all aisle access, offers less room per passenger than even American’s current business seat.
There’s a lot of competitive pressure now to do more than just Polaris for United, especially as that carrier pursues a strategy that seeks to attract premium business. And the planning cycle for a new business product, from selection to production to installation across a fleet, is many years-long. So it’s not surprising that United is now planning for a new business seat with doors.
Aviation watchdog JonNYC drops some hints that United is currently in the process of selecting a new business class seat with doors.
Things are in my view definitely happening with United front-cabin seating, and, unsurprisingly, I feel doors will be ubiquitous in coming product changes/introductions.
— 🇺🇦 JonNYC 🇺🇦 (@xJonNYC) April 15, 2022
I have heard this as well. My understanding is that new final decision has been made on which seat they’ll select. It will certainly be some time before we see this on a plane. They aren’t even done retrofitting new Boeing 787-9s, delivered with the old Diamond seats, with Polaris seats. But even United will adopt doors on its business class, or at least they appear to be on the verge of committing to do so.
And of course we’ll see United’s new narrowbody business class seat before this new suite with doors on widebodies, and that narrowbody business seat will be called Polaris even though it’s a different seat (United has investing in branding its business product, not just its seat, Polaris). So it’ll be interesting to see whether they continue the branding even with a better seat, or mark the occasion of offering something better by signaling that with a new name.