United Polaris Business Review - 767 New Seats - Berlin to Newark (TXL-EWR)
Talk about Luck!!
I had booked regular business class between Berlin and Newark on United’s (older) Boeing 767 aircraft. Two days prior to departure, United swapped out my original flight for a brand-spanking-new (retrofitted) B767 with the spectacular Polaris Business Class seats.
I was over-the-moon thrilled to be flying on this jet. Private – Luxurious – Spacious – and NEW!
Here is a review of my fab flight from Berlin to Newark:
I was elated as I entered the aircraft. I took advantage of the priority boarding United now offers for Premier IK Milage Plus Members – and I was one of the first people on the airplane.
The cabin is marvelous! A collection of about 30 private booths – one for each business class traveler.
I quickly found my seat (9F) – which already had a number of provisions on it – including a stack of exquisite bedding from the Saks Fifth Avenue Collection.
As I settled in – I noticed United’s new amenity kit was in the side pocket. They have moved on from the “collector tin” to a sleek faux leather cosmetic kit. The contents included the ever-important eye shades and ear plugs – along with Cowshed toiletries, toothpaste, and even Waldo inspired socks!
The new United seat is both a feat of engineering and style! It’s a stunning way to cross the Atlantic.
All of the seats on the 767 were ‘solo’ Translation: no one is sitting beside you - and you have free aisle access no matter where you sit. Amazing!
I was lucky to be in the window seat 9F. The ‘odd’ numbered window seats are the best seats on the plane. The cocktail table separated me from the aisle – and I had 2.5 windows. Extremely private and spacious. (Watch out for Row 7 on the 767 as one of the windows is blocked.)
There’s a lot of variation in the configuration of the seats on this aircraft.
I would avoid the ‘even’ numbered window seats. They jut out into the aisle – and only have one window to look out (and you have to crane your neck to do that).
The middle Polaris Seats on the 767 aren’t bad – and I’d actually pick those before the even numbered window ones. Some of them have absolutely massive side tables – and, for the most part, they are also quite private.
My seat had a huge footwell. I am 5’10’ and had no problems sleeping in multiple positions.
There are a lot of cute design features in this seat.
I particularly appreciate the “marbled” side table, which was a perfect spot for cocktails, books, and accessories. Similarly I loved the compact side-storage unit that closed. It had a mirror – and was ideal for housing anything that might get loose inflight.
Another spectacular feature of this seat is the lie flat bed. It’s easy to move into position and is very roomy. I added a mattress pad for extra comfort and slumbered away across the Atlantic for 4 hours after lunch.
The privacy was off the scale - It didn’t feel like I was on a commercial aircraft.
Food & Beverage
Shortly after take-off, the flight attendants were in the aisles with their cocktail cart and nuts. The service was actually very speedy. Even though I was in Row 9, I was sipping a chilled glass of Wente Vinyards 2015 Riva Ranch Chardonnay in no time at all!
The meal service commenced with a Chilled Beet Infused Smoke Salmon. I am usually a fan of salmon – but not of beets – so this dish wasn’t exactly a favorite of mine. I’ve always considered beets a polarizing vegetable (you either like it or hate it).
The salad was amazing though. Super fresh and tasty! I especially savored the addition of the sunflower seeds.
The main course was flavorful as well. A Seared Chicken with Chive Mashed Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts…it almost felt like a Thanksgiving Feast.
To finish it all off I went for the selection of German cheeses and a sweet glass of port – followed with a coffee and glass of Bailey’s!
The flight attendant tried to get me to indulge in an ice cream sundae after all that – but there simply wasn’t any more room (or spare calories left in my day!!)
About an hour before we landed, United served a snack.
There was a choice of cold cuts or grilled chicken breast. It was nice to have a little bite to eat before we landed – but I have to say the dish wasn’t that impressive (I had the chicken). A bit bland – and on the institutional-nursing-home side of things.
The Polaris seats and cabin on United’s refurbished B767 are awesome! It would be first class on most airlines! Premium privacy, spacious seats, and a striking design. A pure treat when flying between Berlin and Newark - or any city pair for that matter.
I can’t wait until this is rolled out fleet-wide! Definitely a game changer for United.