Intercontinental flights can be perilous on your sleeping patterns, thanks to lengthy flights, time differences, and uncomfortable cabins. United Airlines aims to remedy that.
Today, the airline announced a new intercontinental service called Polaris business class that is designed to help weary passengers sleep. Polaris service begins on December 1, 2016, and it will eventually be offered on flights to more than 330 overseas destinations.
United conducted more than 12,000 hours of research and found that sleep was the No. 1 priority for international business class travelers. With that in mind, the airline transformed its business class experience into a sleeping oasis that provides passengers more than a dozen amenities to help them sleep, including:
- Custom-designed sleeping pods featuring upright seats that convert to 180-degree lie-flat beds that are 6-feet 6-inches long
- 1-2-1 seating arrangement so every seat has direct access to the aisle
- Electronic privacy dividers for seats in the center of the cabin
- “Do Not Disturb” signs
- Mood lighting
- One-touch lumbar support
- Custom bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue featuring plush duvets, lightweight day-blankets, and a large and small pillow for each passenger
- Mattress cushions available upon request
- Fleece-lined slippers
- Cotton pajamas available upon request on flights longer than 12 hours
- Gel-cooled memory foam pillows
- Amenity kits featuring ergonomically designed eye shades, lavender pillow mist, and other Cowshed spa products from Soho House & Co.
- High-end noise-reducing headphones
Polaris class is United’s most significant product overhaul in more than a decade. In addition to features focused on sleep, the service includes other luxuries, such as gourmet chocolates upon boarding, wine tasting menus, 16-inch high-definition entertainment screens, and made-to-order ice cream sundaes.
United also announced that it will open nine Polaris class lounges in locations around the world, starting with Chicago O’Hare International Airport on December 1. Polaris lounges will offer a comparable pre-flight experience for international business travelers that includes private daybeds, spa-like showers, and hot meals served in a boutique restaurant setting.
The Points Guy has pictures of United’s new Polaris seats taken at an event this morning in New York:
— The Points Guy (@thepointsguy) June 2, 2016