United Continental Reveal Product Upgrade Details

United Continental Holdings has revealed the details of its plan to upgrade service and modernize its combined fleet. More than USD 500 million will be invested to install new seats in premium cabins, expand overhead storage space, introduce inflight Wi-Fi and entertainment systems, as well as refurbish older aircraft.


Flat Beds and Economy Plus Seating

Next month, United will install full-flat seating in the premium cabins of 26 Boeing 767 and a dozen Boeing 777 jets serving destinations including Europe and Hawaii. As part of its product rationalization, all Continental Airlines mainline aircraft will be fitted with United’s Economy Plus product, with work on 38 jets due to be completed by the end of 2011.


More Legroom and Overhead Space

Adjustments will also be made in all cabin classes for more legroom onboard selected aircraft, which primarily operate the airline’s intercontinental routes. 152 Airbus A319 and A320 jets serving domestic and regional routes will have their overhead compartments doubled in size, increasing storage space for standard 22-inch rolling bags.


Streaming Inflight Entertainment, Wi-Fi and Channel 9

A vendor is currently being selected to provide a streaming video option for the airline’s inflight entertainment onboard the Boeing 747 fleet, enabling passengers to access videos wirelessly on their Wi-Fi-enabled electronic devices. The airline continues to install Wi-Fi connectivity across its fleet, while aircraft operated under the Continental Airlines brand will be refitted to include United’s popular Channel 9 programme.


The new upgrades will move the airline’s onboard product (often criticized as lacking and obsolete) closer to its Asian and European counterparts. Under its subsidiary brands Continental Airlines, Continental Connection, Continental Express, United Airlines and United Express, United Continental Holdings operate an average of 5,765 flights to 377 airports on 6 continents daily.


For more information, visit www.continental.com or www.united.com.


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