Updated (originally posted on Jan. 31, 2012)
In November 2011 we started introducing United Economy Plus® to what was formerly our Continental fleet as a major component of our airlines’ investment in enhancing customers’ onboard experience. Economy Plus offers more space, represents an entire section of the plane and is conveniently located near the front of United Economy class.
Here's an update on the progress we've made with the plane-conversion project.
Our progress to date
This chart gives you an at-a-glance view of the different aircraft families that we're converting with Economy Plus sections. You'll see the total number of aircraft in the fleet and the percent completion for each one.
We've completed work on all 41 of our 757-200s, which translates to a total of 1,845 Economy Plus seats. We've also completed the installations in our 737-500s, 737-700s, 767-400s and 777-200s. And we've made great headway adding Economy Plus to our 737-800 fleet.
Where does all that extra space come from?
Making room in our existing aircraft for Economy Plus seats requires some major reconfiguring. For narrow body aircraft, including the Boeing 737 and Boeing 757, the extra seating space comes from the removal of one standard row of coach seats, forward of the exit rows.
For example, row 14 was removed within the section encompassing rows 7 to 21 (20 and 21 are exit rows). The remaining rows forward of the exit row were then repitched — reorganized to fill the larger space.
The typical conversion time for each narrow-body plane is approximately 36 hours, which translates to three full shifts dedicated to accomplishing the conversion of each aircraft.
With the addition of Economy Plus to these aircraft, you now have the opportunity to move up and stretch out on your next trip.