United 777-200ER POLARIS BUSINESS CLASS: Full Flight Review!

United 777-200ER POLARIS BUSINESS CLASS: Full Flight Review!

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My inbound flight had arrived just a few  minutes earlier into Terminal 3 Concourse G.   My next flight would be departing from  Terminal 1 Concourse B. The nice thing   about Chicago O’Hare is that Terminals  1, 2, and 3 are all connected by walkways   so you can walk amongst the terminals without any  issue. It took me no less than five minutes to  

walk from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 and relive  some old childhood memories along the way. O’Hare is bustling with passengers today and quite  honestly I was overwhelmed (in a good way) by   just how many people were flying. As travel demand  continues to surge, United recently announced they   would be hiring hundreds more pilots next month,  a sign of things slowly returning to normal.   Today we’re onboard the 8:50am flight  2465 to Denver, departing out of gate B16.  

B16 is located at the north end  of Concourse B and along with B17,   it’s one of only two widebody gates at this  concourse. These two gates are regularly used   by United, All Nippon Airways, and Lufthansa.  In my opinion, B16 is the better gate because   it has more seats available and you  also get a nice view of the aircraft.   United only had one lounge open in Concourse B,   that being the one in the southern part of the  terminal. The one by my gate in the north end   was unfortunately closed but either way I  didn’t have enough time to make a visit. Business class passengers are  assigned to Group 1 for boarding,   but in reality they can board whenever they’d  like. United has adjusted their boarding process  

such that they board the plane from back to  front and they deplane from front to back.   These are trends many airlines have adopted  lately to limit close contact among passengers. United’s internationally-configured 777-200ER  features just 276 seats, 50 of them being in   Polaris Business Class. The seats are laid out in  a spacious 1-2-1 configuration and each seat has   direct aisle access. The 50 business class seats  are distributed across two parts, with rows 1-8  

taking up the front section and the remaining  rows 9, 10, 11, 12, and 15 being allocated to   a smaller, more private section. Odd-numbered “A”  and “L” seats are positioned closer to the window,   whereas the even-numbered “A” and “L” seats  are angled away from the window. So if you’re   traveling solo, be sure to select one of the  odd-numbered “A” or “L” seats for maximum privacy.   We’ll tour the rest of the aircraft once airborne,   but until then I’ll get settled into my seat  for today’s two-hour journey to Colorado, 9A.

One thing I noticed about the traytable  is that there’s a built-in device holder,   so basically you could place your mobile  device here and watch your own shows but   why would you wanna do that when  you’re facing this the whole flight.   WiFi is available however internet access  requires you to pay a fee. Aside from that   the UnitedWiFi website has roughly the same  content as the inflight entertainment system.

But you know what’s not absolutely  amazing? The fact that over 80%   of my viewers aren’t even  subscribed to the channel!   If you’re new to my channel, I’d like to  extend you a very warm welcome. If you like   videos related to all things aviation, then please  consider subscribing to the channel and enabling   your post notifications so you don’t miss out  on some of YouTube’s greatest aviation content. Seat 9A is located right behind one of the  business class lavatories. The lavatory was   clean and well-stocked with amenities like extra  sanitizing wipes, hand cream, and face mist.  

Taking a little walkthrough of the 777, we can  see that nearly all of the 276 total seats on   this aircraft are filled. Economy class features  156 seats and is laid out in a 3-4-3 configuration   with each seat having inflight entertainment  screens, power outlets, and 31 inches of legroom.   Economy Plus features just 46 seats but is  very similar, the only difference being it   offers three extra inches of legroom. United’s  Premium Plus cabin (also known as Premium Economy)  

features 24 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration,  with each seat having 38 inches of legroom.   Finally there’s Polaris Business  Class, which as mentioned earlier,   has 50 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with each  seat providing a whopping 78 inches of legroom. The flight isn’t long enough to make  good use of the inflight entertainment,   but I went ahead and tried out  the headphones United offers.   The headphones seem to be made of some cheap  plastic but nevertheless have relatively   decent sound quality. Then again, I’m not too  knowledgeable on business class headphones.

Unfortunately, as I was recording my concluding  thoughts on the flight, one of the flight   attendants (whom I had never seen before until  now) came by and told me filming wasn’t allowed.   So therefore, I’ll have to do a voiceover to give  you all my concluding thoughts on the flight.   United’s Polaris Business Class is an excellent  product and I would love to someday get the   full experience on a longer flight. The seat was  excellent and the amenities it offers will without   a doubt keep you set for a long-haul flight. The  service was of course limited but I did appreciate   the small breakfast. The crew did a great job  enforcing safety guidelines and I was pleasantly   surprised to see hand sanitizing stations set  up throughout the aircraft. Unfortunately the  

one area where I was slightly disappointed was the  cleanliness. Parts of my seat were noticeably dity   and even when I looked behind the seat, I could  tell the cleaning crews missed out on some areas.   But overall I really enjoyed this flight  and it’s a shame that it had to come to an   end this quickly. Throughout the flight,  our routing was relatively simple,  

we basically just flew in a straight line  for two hours. Similarly, our approach into   Denver was very straightforward as well. We  would continue flying perpendicular to the   airport before finally making one big 90 degree  turn and coming straight in to land on RWY 16L. Welcome to Denver, it felt great to be back  in the Mile High City after over six years.   Before I go, let's briefly talk about how much I  paid for this flight and how I managed to fly one   of these internationally-configured  planes on a domestic flight.  

As far as price goes, I paid just $172  for this one-way ticket in business class   and I’m glad I booked it when I did as just a few  days later, the price jumped up to nearly $400. So how exactly did I end up on this aircraft?  Because normally, the aircraft I flew would not   operate a domestic route like this. Well, United  has 19 777-200 non-ER’s that were mainly used   for domestic flights like this, including  those to Hawaii. These 777’s along with 33   777-200ER’s were powered by Pratt & Whitney  engines and are all currently grounded due to   recent issues involving that engine type. The  aircraft I flew on is one of 22 777-200ER’s   that United inherited from Continental Airlines  in 2010 as a result of the merger. These 777’s  

were never grounded because of the fact that  they use General Electric GE90 engines and not   Pratt & Whitneys. So until the other 777’s  return to service, United will continue   operating these GE90-powered aircraft on select  domestic flights, including those to Hawaii. Thank you so much for joining me  on this epic flight. Stay tuned   for the next few videos which will include  a look at Denver Airport’s new Concourse B   expansion and my next flight from  Denver to Atlanta on Delta’s 767-400.  

If you enjoyed this video please leave a like  to show your support and a comment on how I can   improve. Thanks again for watching  and I’ll see you in the next one.

2021-04-13 20:29

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