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United Airlines undergoes upgrade

February will see United Airlines unveil its new and improved business class which will be available aboard the 777-300ER. Replacing the current BusinessFirst, Polaris Business Class will offer a "reimagined, sleep-enhancing, departure-to-landing experience for intercontinental travellers."

"United Polaris will change the game in international business travel with an exceptional level of relaxation and comfort throughout our customers' journeys," said Oscar Munoz, President and CEO of United Airlines. "This completely reconceived experience exemplifies the new spirit of United and the innovation, excitement and operational momentum across our airline."

Each custom-designed seat in the new product will offer direct access to the aisle, 180-degree flat-beds that recline and offer up to 6 foot 6 inches of bed space. The forward-facing pods will feature a Do Not Disturb sign, mood lighting, lumbar support, several storage areas and a 16-inch entertainment screen.

Amenities include custom-designed bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue, mattress cushions upon request, slippers, pajamas on request for flights longer than 12 hours, and new amenity kits with products from Soho House & Co.'s Cowshed Spa. In-flight menus will be updated seasonally and will be accompanied by an upgraded wine experience, curated by United's Master Sommelier. 

United Polaris business class lounges will eventually roll out in nine locations around the world (including Hong Kong and Tokyo) and will feature custom-designed chairs, private daybeds, spa-like showers and hot meals. Polaris Business Class is set to be available between Hong Kong and San Francisco starting in the second quarter of the year.