United Airlines - an arm of
United Continental Holdings Inc.
) - is on track to increase the number of 180-degree flat-bed
seats and a personal on-demand entertainment system for the
premium cabin passengers of the long-route international flights.
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United initially offered the facilities on flights from the
airports of New York City. Now, the company's flights taking off
from eight hubs in North America as well as operating between
Seattle and Tokyo Narita will also offer these advanced features.
United is ahead of any other U.S. carrier -
Delta Air Lines
Southwest Airlines Co.
JetBlue Airways Corporation
) - in providing a flat-bed flying experience, with over 7,000
total such seats across its fleet. This gives the flyers an added
level of privacy and comfort along with multi-course meals and
complimentary wine plus personal attention from the staff.
Already, 183 international long-distance jets have been designed
with United Global First and United BusinessFirst cabins.
Customers traveling in United Global First cabins can avail the
benefits of the newly launched turn-down service that renders
additional luxury and larger sleeping space. Further, United has
designed its Economy Plus seating arrangement with extra-legroom.
This feature is available in almost 650 mainline aircraft and
approximately 150 regional jets.
Along with these enhancements, United is refurbishing its
transcontinental Premium Service aircraft operating between John
F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles and San
Francisco. The company will revamp airplanes with all the
aforesaid facilities plus wi-fi connectivity. The upgrades are
expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
We believe that United's consistent efforts to make air travel
finer, smoother and hassle-free will work in its favor to a great
extent. These newly added features are expected to attract more
customers, leading to improved revenues and earnings.
United Continental - which has the biggest fleet of aircraft
outfitted with live television - currently holds a Zacks Rank #3