United Airlines’ flagship p.s. transcontinental flights between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco have now switched from JFK to Newark Liberty Airport in a move which also guarantees BusinessFirst passengers a fully-flat bed and airport lounge access on every flight.
Located to the west of New York City and just across the state border into New Jersey, Newark provides easy access to Midtown and Lower Manhattan via the NJ Transit train service: linking the airport with NY Penn station at Madison Square Garden in just three stops.
All of United’s existing flights from Newark to LA and San Francisco – many of which are currently served by Boeing 737 aircraft with domestic-style recliners at the pointy end – will also switch to Boeing 757s with international-grade flatbed seating:
That’s a significant upgrade to the previous and admittedly confusing system whereby some cross-country services boasted beds, inclusive airport lounge access and deemed ‘BusinessFirst’; some provided flatbeds as ‘United First’ but no lounge privileges while others included neither, also branded ‘United First’.
Every p.s. flight offers wireless Internet access, three course dining at meal times and access to a personal inflight entertainment system, while Global Services members and travellers connecting onwards to Sydney in United Global First can make use of a private check-in lobby at Newark Airport.
Newark also features two United Club airport lounges for transcontinental p.s. flyers and Star Alliance Gold members, a dedicated security screening entrance for p.s. and Premier-grade frequent flyers and onward connections to destinations such as Boston, Toronto and São Paulo.
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