• United Boeing 787-10 brings Polaris business class to domestic flights

    United Airlines is bringing its newest jets and its best business class seats to the competitive US transcontinental market, in a move which will benefit savvy United business class travellers flying from Australia through to New York. From January 2019, United's Boeing 787-10s will be seen spri...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX to get all-new lie-flat first class

    United Airlines will install an all-new first class seat which converts into a lie-flat bed on its forthcoming Boeing 737 MAX jets as the airline goes flat out to woo premium travellers on key US domestic routes. The airline has already assessed one prototype of the still-under-wraps seat, which...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • United hopes to open London Heathrow Polaris lounge by mid-2019

    United Airlines is aiming to open its new Polaris business class lounge at London's Heathrow Airport by the middle of 2019. Airline CEO  Oscar Munoz confirmed the tentative timetable, saying the upmarket lounge at Heathrow's Terminal 2 would lay out its welcome mat "hopefully the first half...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • From chic to boutique: how four airport lounges found their look

    The business class experience isn't restricted to above the clouds. Airport lounges are also raising the bar, not just in what they offer but the environment they create for high flyers while on the ground. Here are four lounges with their own unique look and feel. Qantas: contemporary class Qa...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • United's Houston Polaris lounge opens June 29

    United Airlines will open its latest Polaris business class lounge at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Friday June 29. It's the fourth of the new-look lounges, following Chicago, San Francisco and Newark, ahead of a November 2018 opening for a Polaris Los Angeles ...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2018 8 Comments

  • United's Newark Polaris lounge opens June 4

    United Airlines will open its latest Polaris business class lounge at New York-adjacent Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday June 4. It's the third of the new-look lounges, following Chicago and San Francisco, with two more Polaris facilities slated for Houston in "late (northern) summ...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2018 2 Comments

  • From showers to sushi: designing United’s new Polaris lounges

    United Airlines is ramping up the opening of new Polaris airport lounges as it plays catch-up to not only arch-rival American Airlines and its expanding Flagship Lounge network but to its own schedule, which proved to be overly optimistic . Following the debut of the first Polaris lounge at...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 7 Comments

  • United Airlines says "no plans" to close San Francisco Arrivals lounge

    United Airlines has denied reports that it intends to close its Arrivals lounge at San Francisco following this week's opening of the airport's new Polaris lounge. Located on SFO Terminal 3's lower level near the baggage claim area, the spartan Arrivals lounge is certainly not in the same league...

    POSTED 4 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • United details Polaris lounges for Newark, Houston, LAX, Washington DC

    United Airlines will follow this week’s opening of its new Polaris lounge at San Francisco with three more upscale lounges at Newark, Houston and Los Angeles across 2018. However, the next wave of premium Polaris lounges – including Washington, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo – are...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • United Airlines defends banning frequent flyers from Polaris lounges

    United Airlines says its decision not to allow frequent flyers into its new Polaris business class lounges was made “to protect the integrity” of the upmarket lounges.  Instead, it plans to satisfy MileagePlus and Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers with improvements to its Unite...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 20 Comments

  • United's Boeing 787-10 to get Polaris business class, premium economy

    United Airlines will turn the Boeing 787-10 into a flagship for the US carrier on its debut later this year, with the stretched Dreamliner boasting its latest Polaris business class as well as all-new premium economy seats. A leaked seatmap for United's Boeing 787-10 shows 44 of the staggered di...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2018 8 Comments

  • Star Alliance Gold status match for Qantas, Virgin Australia

    Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyers can take advantage of a generous status match to top-tier Gold status across all Star Alliance airlines. Your Gold or Platinum membership in the Qantas Frequent Flyer or Velocity Frequent Flyer schemes is all it takes to unlock 90 days of Gold-grade be...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2018 32 Comments

  • United's San Francisco Polaris business class lounge opens April 30

    United Airlines will open its new Polaris business class airport lounge at San Francisco on Monday April 30, with travellers set to enjoy a sprawling split-level space with its own dining room and tended bar. The Polaris lounge incorporates the old United Club as well as the former Singapore Air...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 3 Comments

  • United, American move ahead with Chicago's US$8.5bn overhaul

    A US$8.5 billion expansion plan for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport got a lift on Thursday after the airport's two major carriers, American and United, settled a dispute that had clouded the project. United Airlines and American Airlines said in a joint statement they had reached an agree...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

  • United Airlines plans 'premium economy' for domestic US flights

    United Airlines is considering whether to add an upgraded economy section to domestic U.S. flights – a feature typically reserved for overseas markets. The Chicago-based carrier for months has been readying a new Premium Plus section with bigger seats and improved dining options. While th...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2018 22 Comments

  • American Airlines slams United 'gate perks' in US$8.5bn O'Hare revamp

    American Airlines. is crying foul over a planned US$8.5 billion renovation of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, claiming a “secret provision” awards additional gates to United in a terminal slated to be torn down. The arrangement favoring Chicago-based United was &l...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

  • United's Polaris lounges for London, Hong Kong, Tokyo now 2019-2020?

    United Airlines has pushed back the opening of its swish new Polaris business class airport lounges for London, Hong Kong and Tokyo to at least 2019, with the possibility those could slip into 2020. The Star Alliance member previously pegged each of those lounges – which form the ground co...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • United Airlines to launch Premium Plus, aka 'premium economy'

    United Airlines is set to add a true 'premium economy' seat to international flights under the Premium Plus brand. The Premium Plus experience will include wider seats with more recline and legroom, with United also promising "upgraded dining on china dinnerware, free alcoholic beverages, a...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2018 18 Comments

  • In it for the long haul...

    Get ready for a new wave of long flights. Really long flights that'll see you spending up to 18 hours in the air. It starts this Saturday, January 20, when United Airlines launches daily flights between Sydney and Houston. That Houston-Sydney leg is scheduled at 17½ hours, just pipping t...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2018 31 Comments

  • These five pods turn airport lounges into smart workspaces

    Stop by some of the newest airport lounges of Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines and you'll spy a special breed of furniture made with today's business traveller in mind. It's the work pod: a custom-designed seat which doubles as a temporary pre-flight workspace. That means ...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2017 4 Comments

  • Airlines are finally serving better coffee above the clouds

    For many travellers, airplane coffee is one of the least enjoyable aspects of a flight: you expect it to be rather terrible, and it frequently meets that expectation. But savvy airlines are now seeing coffee as another way of lifting the passenger experience – whether through an improved p...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2017 13 Comments

  • United pushes back worldwide Polaris airport lounge openings

    United Airlines has pushed back the opening of its flagship Polaris airport lounges around the world, marking another delay for the airline's upmarket lounge network intended as the upmarket ground component of its new Polaris business class seats. Earlier this year United Airlines listed San ...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2017 3 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines closes San Francisco airport lounge

    Singapore Airlines will close its San Francisco SilverKris airport lounge on October 1, 2017 in order to create a massive split-level Polaris business class lounge for Star Alliance partner United Airlines. United's new Polaris lounge – which will be built in the footprint of the current...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2017 13 Comments

  • US airline business class showdown: American vs Delta vs United

    For business travelers flying in and out of the U.S., this may be the most exciting travel news all year. Gone are the outdated seats and subpar onboard amenities that have long tormented frequent fliers on all three major U.S. legacy airlines - American Airlines, Delta, and United. In their pl...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 13 Comments

  • United set for US$14bn Airbus A350 order

    Airbus is on the verge of securing an order for 45 of its A350-900 wide-body jetliners, a critical win after a run of deferrals by U.S. carriers, according to people familiar with the matter. The order will likely be placed by United Continental to convert an earlier $12.6 billion deal for 35 of...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

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