United Airlines has pushed back the opening of its flagship Polaris airport lounges around the world, marking another delay for the airline's upmarket lounge network intended as the upmarket ground component of its new Polaris business class seats.
Earlier this year United Airlines listed San Francisco and its near-NY hub Newark as gaining Polaris lounges by mid-2017 – albeit in 'phase one' developments with a 'phase two' slated for 2018 – with Los Angeles and London to follow before the year was out.
However, United's flagship Polaris lounge at Chicago has been the only one to lay out the welcome mat and tempt business class travellers with its tended bar, a dining area with a la carte menu, 'work pods' and even secluded day beds (below).
In the meantime the airline's own 'Polaris lounge tracker' has down the optimism, changing the openings of San Francisco, Newark and London from "by early 2018" from this screenshot taken mid-year...
... to a current and far more vague "starting in 2018".
Work has now begun on the San Francisco Polaris lounge, which is being built in the footprint of the now-closed United Club as well as the neighbouring (and also now-closed) Singapore Airlines and EVA Air lounges to create a massive split-level space which promises to be one of the largest Polaris lounges in United's network.
United Airlines has been approached several times for comment but has refused to share any details on its revised lounge roadmap.