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United Polaris Business Class 787 Review - San Francisco to Paris (SFO-CFG)

United Polaris Business Class 787 Review - San Francisco to Paris (SFO-CFG)

Flying between the two capitals of glam in United’s 787 Polaris Class is a fabulous experience.  The flight between San Francisco and Paris is long enough (11+ hours) to truly experience everything this carrier offers in business: a roomy lie flat seat, a great selection of spirits and wines, a tasty meal, and rest!

Here’s my review of my recent flight between the west coast and France: 

Boarding

United now allows IK’s to board before the business class passengers in Group One.  I took full advantage of that to settle in before the cabin became crowded.

Polaris  Sak’s  Bedding on United  Photo: Calvin Wood

Polaris Sak’s Bedding on United Photo: Calvin Wood

My seat had all a collection of Saks Fifth Avenue bedding including: a fluffy pillow, a cooling gel pillow, a blanket, and a ‘duvet’ throw.  I requested a seat cover and slippers as well. 

Amenity Kit - United Polaris  Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit - United Polaris Photo: Calvin Wood

An amenity kit was also on hand.  It contained everything I could desire inflight including: eye shades, ear plugs (which are the two most important products one needs for sleep at 39,000 feet), hand lotion, lip balm, socks, a dental kit, and a pen.

Amenity Kit Contents - United Polaris  Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit Contents - United Polaris Photo: Calvin Wood

The Seat

Polaris Business Class Seats - United 787  Photo: Calvin Wood

Polaris Business Class Seats - United 787 Photo: Calvin Wood

Even though the 787 is among United’s newest aircraft, the airline does not offer its updated Polaris seat on these jets - yet.

Nevertheless – the seat is still fantastic.

The configuration on the 787 is 2-2-2 so most passengers have aisle access.  I have flown on this seat countless times and I find it roomy and comfortable.  I prefer the middle section of 2 seats as you never have to worry about someone climbing over you to gain access to the aisles.

Footwell - United Polaris Business Class 787  Photo: Calvin Wood

Footwell - United Polaris Business Class 787 Photo: Calvin Wood

I usually go for bulkhead seats.  They have massive foot wells – which makes sleeping a breeze.

However, on this trip I was in the last row with a foot well that was about  2/3rds smaller than those found in the bulkhead.   I pondered if I was going to have trouble sleeping.  However, it wasn’t a problem at all.  The bulkhead is better – but even in a back-row seat, I was able to doze off across the Atlantic with little difficulty.

Video Screen - United Polaris Business Class - 787  Photo: Calvin Wood

Video Screen - United Polaris Business Class - 787 Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - United 787 Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - United 787 Polaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

Bed mode was heavenly.  Fully flat and super comfortable.  With two pillows and plenty of bedding I almost felt like I was in a hotel!  This is really the greatest luxury that United’s Business class affords its passengers: a good night’s rest!

Bed Mode - United Polaris Business Class - 787  Photo: Calvin Wood

Bed Mode - United Polaris Business Class - 787 Photo: Calvin Wood

Beverages & Dining

Cocktail Service - United Polaris Class to Paris  Photo: Calvin Wood

Cocktail Service - United Polaris Class to Paris Photo: Calvin Wood

The cocktail service commenced about 15 minutes after take-off.   There was a wide selection of spirits, wines, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages.  They even had a specialty cocktail: a classic Old Fashioned. 

I went for the crisp, California Chardonnay since I was departing San Francisco.  It was highly recommended by my flight attendant who had visited to the winery the weekend before!

Smoked Nori-Wrapped Salmon - United Polaris Class to Paris  Photo: Calvin Wood

Smoked Nori-Wrapped Salmon - United Polaris Class to Paris Photo: Calvin Wood

The appetizer came out next. It was a nori encrusted piece of smoked salmon with wasabi sauce.  This dish is frequently offered in United’s Polaris Class and it’s always a winner!  It was accompanied by a spinach salad and a selection of hot rolls from the oven.

Salad - United Polaris Business Class to Paris  Photo: Calvin Wood

Salad - United Polaris Business Class to Paris Photo: Calvin Wood

For the main I went for the poached salmon (fish was a theme for this meal!) accompanied by stewed lentils and broccoli rabe.  All of it was super tasty, light, and refreshing.

Poached Salmon - United Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Poached Salmon - United Polaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

I actually skipped dessert as I had done too much damage in the Polaris Lounge prior to departure. 

Breakfast service commenced about an hour outside of Paris.

United doesn’t seem to offer much variety on it’s morning meals in Polaris.  It’s usually a farmer’s omelet or a fruit plate.  That’s ok as both are flavorful.  On this flight, I went for the hearty option (the eggs) which was totally filling! 

Breakfast Omelette - United Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Breakfast Omelette - United Polaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

United’s Polaris Business Class is a lovely way to travel to Europe – especially from the west coast. 

I usually leave from New York. East coast flights are pretty short – and by the time you finish dinner and a movie there isn’t much time to doze prior to arrival.  The west coast flight allowed for a leisurely late lunch and a good sleep - before launching into Paris mode on arrival!

Air New Zealand Business Class Lounge Review - Melbourne (MEL)

Air New Zealand Business Class Lounge Review - Melbourne (MEL)