United Rolls out Economy Plus 757-200 International

Economy Plus now on all Trans-Atlantic Boeing 757's | Commercial Aviation and Airline News

More Comfort Across the Atlantic

United Airlines has finished the re-configuration of the long-haul Boeing 757-200 aircraft used on international routes.  The new Economy Plus seats are setup with 6 inches of additional space, providing more legroom and comfort for trans-Atlantic Boeing 757-200 operations.

Reconfigured aircraft now provide 16 flat-bed seats in Business First, 45 seats in Economy Plus, and 108 in Economy.

The 41 aircraft converted primarily operate between New York/Newark and Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Oslo, Paris, Shannon, Stockholm and Stuttgart, and between Washington/Dulles and Amsterdam and Paris.

Jim Compton, United’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer, said, “For many years, the Boeing 757 has enabled year-round service in long-haul international markets where customer demand doesn’t support the use of larger aircraft, and has allowed us to offer multiple daily flights between larger markets.” Compton continued, “Customers have long enjoyed the convenience. With Economy Plus, they now have a new choice in economy-cabin comfort as well.”

The United – Continental fleet of international Boeing 757-200’s was previously discussed in our article about Long Haul Fuel Diversions.  During the winter months, the headwinds across the Atlantic can be quite brutal, resulting in occasional diversions to Canadian airports such as Goose Bay (YYR) and Gander (YQX) for a “gas and go” on the longest of routes.

Other United Aircraft Updates

One update many will be excited to see is the carrier will install satellite-based inflight Internet service on its aircraft starting later this year, along with expanding overhead bins in its 152 Airbus A319/A320 aircraft – this move alone will increase carry-on baggage storage space by approximately two-thirds.

United already modified 28 three-cabin Boeing 777-200 aircraft with new premium cabins – flat bed seats and audio/video on demand, in addition to larger IFE screens and power ports in United Economy.   The carrier plans to modify another 18 Boeing 777’s over the next year.

Finally, the Boeing 767 fleet.  One Boeing 767-400 is now outfit with new premium-cabin flat bed seats, Economy Plus seating, and audio/video on demand (AVOD).  United will modify 11 additional 767-400 aircraft as well as 13 Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

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This idiot needs to read up online as to how angry customers are with their constant use of 757-200s on long haul transatlantic routes. United/ CO ought to be ashamed of themselves that for revenues and profits and increasing frequency, they stuff passengers in the aircraft like cattle. A freaking 757-200 is an ageing aircraft that is NOT meant for such long transatlantic routes. But of course how will this Chief Revenue officer ever understand, since he takes charted flights or a business jet to where ever he has to fly to. How would he ever know what the pax go through on the 757s.

Jeff Smisek is the idiot, complements of Continental Airlines. He runs the show now under the “United” name.

The 757-200 trans-Atlantics were common with Continental .. seems they kept most at Newark (Sewerk) but they’re using them from Dulles too.

When they first started using the 757s across the Atlantic, I had a cxld flight on another airline, was re-booked on a Cleveland to London flight. I board expecting at least a 767 and the shock hit when I saw it was a 757-200. In Flight Entertainment stopped working and was shut down an hour into flight.

Had a similar repeat in Barcelona – original flight axed and rebooked. Flight was a 757 with a fuel stop in Goose Bay. Arrived Newark late and missed connection.

The last straw was a trip to London Heathrow. Client got ticket – it was a bloody 757-200 slaveship in both directions. 757 was not made for this. Can they not fill a 767 or 777 to Heathrow of all places?

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