Words that can fill a passenger in dread in any order (this one in particular) include the words “High Density”.
Well, dearest readers. United is sending its High Density Boeing 777s to Europe.
With Dublin already on the cards for next year, it was only a matter of time before another European Route got selected.
Two routes between Newark and Spain have been selected – Madrid and Barcelona. The changes look like this:
- Newark – Barcelona commences 23rd April 2018, 777HD replaces the existing United 767-400ER
- Newark – Madrid commences 23rd May 2018, 777HD replaces United 767-300ER
Data – Airlineroute
So what does High Density mean in this case? It’s a two class configuration, split by:
- 28 Business (Polaris) Class Seats
- 336 Economy Class Seats
Or for those of a nervous disposition look at the seat map below
United High Density Boeing 777-200 Seat Layout (v4) – Image, United
Newark – Dublin will be the first international use of the High Density planes – starting 10th March 2018 (replacing the existing low-density Boeing 777-200s).
In terms of Passenger amenities… these planes don’t have a lot. United Polaris have power at seat and IFE screens, whilst in United Economy – there’s power for 2 out of 3 seats in the triples, and 3 out of 4 seats in the quads. Streaming IFE is available as is on-board WiFi.
Whilst there may be passable ways across the Atlantic, this doesn’t seem like one of them.
When these planes entered service, United was going to dedicate them to domestic hops only. It seems that mind has been changed, and this is here to fill the cheap seats up, and attack the transatlantic low-cost carriers.
With other carriers reconfiguring their 777 fleets, expect this as a sign of things to come.
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