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United Polaris Business Review - 767 New Seats - Berlin to Newark (TXL-EWR)

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:

Boarding

Cabin - United Polaris Business Class - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Cabin - United Polaris Business Class - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

Saks Fifth Avenue Bedding - United Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Saks Fifth Avenue Bedding - United Polaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit - UnitedPolaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit - UnitedPolaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

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! 

Amenity Kit Contents - United Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit Contents - United Polaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

Seats

Window Seat 9F - United Polaris Class B767 - Photo: Calvin Wood

Window Seat 9F - United Polaris Class B767 -Photo: Calvin Wood

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.)

Middle Seats - United Polaris Business Class - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Middle Seats - United Polaris Business Class - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

Footwell - United Polaris Business - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Footwell - United Polaris Business - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

My seat had a huge footwell.  I am 5’10’ and had no problems sleeping in multiple positions. 

Side Table & Lamp - United Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Side Table & Lamp - United Polaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

Storage - United Polaris Business Class - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Storage - United Polaris Business Class - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

Coat Hook - United Polaris Boeing 767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Coat Hook - United Polaris Boeing 767 Photo: Calvin Wood

Power - United Polaris Business - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Power - United Polaris Business - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - United Polaris Business - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - United Polaris Business - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

Bed Mode - United Polaris Business Class - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Bed Mode - United Polaris Business Class - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

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. 

Lie Flat Seat - United Business Class - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Lie Flat Seat - United Business Class - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

Food & Beverage

Cocktails & Nuts - United Polaris Business - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Cocktails & Nuts - United Polaris Business - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

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!

Chilled Beet Infused Smoked Salmon - United Polaris Business  Photo: Calvin Wood

Chilled Beet Infused Smoked Salmon - United Polaris Business Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

Mixed Greens with Papaya - United Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Mixed Greens with Papaya - United Polaris Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

Seared Chicken Breast with Chive Mashed Potatoes - United Polaris  Photo: Calvin Wood

Seared Chicken Breast with Chive Mashed Potatoes - United Polaris Photo: Calvin Wood

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!!)

German Cheeses - United Polaris Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

German Cheeses - United Polaris Class Photo: Calvin Wood

Coffee & Baileys - United Polaris Business  Photo: Calvin Wood

Coffee & Baileys - United Polaris Business Photo: Calvin Wood

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. 

Pre-Arrival Snack - United Polaris Business - Berlin to Newark  Photo: Calvin Wood

Pre-Arrival Snack - United Polaris Business - Berlin to Newark Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

United Polaris Business Class Cabin - B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

United Polaris Business Class Cabin - B767 Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

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