With United Airlines set to debut its Boeing 787-9 on a new direct Melbourne-Los Angeles route in October this year, the airline has also provided the first look at the seating configuration of its long-range Dreamliner.
Here's the seatmap that will be used on the new UA89/90 flights, as well as their domestic runs expected to begin in August between Denver, Houston and Los Angeles.
This shows the 273 seats divided into a three-class layout of
- 48 lie-flat Business First seats in eight rows of 2-2-2 (rows 1-8)
- 88 Economy Plus seats, arranged 3-3-3 from rows 16 through 24
- 116 Economy seats also stacked 3-3-3 from rows 27 through 41
The Business First seats (as seen below) are 22 inches wide, with a 6'6" 'sleeping space' when reclined flat.
The middle of the plane is assigned to the Economy Plus cabin of 88 seats with a 35" pitch, 17.3 inches in width with a four inch recline.
The rest of the plane is given over to 116 standard economy seats, again in that 3-3-3 layout and with the same 17.3 inch width – but this time with a tighter 32" pitch and a more shallow three inch recline.
That comes to a total of 252 passengers, or 33 more than United's Boeing 787-8.
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