United Airlines has introduced a new domestic first-class seat that includes a wireless charging station in every armrest. The new United First seat also features vegan leather upholstery, 13-inch seatback screens and 18-inch tray tables, Bluetooth connectivity, privacy screens and an ergonomist-designed cushion.
The new United First seats debut on its first 737 this month, and customers will continue to see it roll out this summer. The airline expects the new seat to be on 200 domestic planes by 2026, including 737 NGs, A321 Neos and 737 MAXs.
United flies to all the major Florida airports, including Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, and Key West.
“This new United First seat is designed around the modern traveler – more charging options, bigger spaces for devices, food, drinks and personal items and extra privacy,” said Mark Muren, United Managing Director of Identity, Product and Loyalty. “As we evolve the onboard experience, we’re upending old industry norms and anticipating future needs to accommodate the new ways people live and travel.”
In each United First seat, passengers can quickly charge their multiple electronic devices at once with three types of charging docks in each seat – wireless, AC household-style outlet and USB-C. The wireless charger is located in a compartment of the armrest.
The announcement marks United’s first update to domestic first-class seat design since 2015. The new United First seat was built with a team of experts, including United’s engineering and inflight teams, University of Michigan biomechanics researcher Dr. Matthew Reed and design firm Priestman Goode.