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Photos of United’s first Polaris flight – it’s better, but familiar

by on Wed November 30, 2016 • No Comment


United’s first flight with its long anticipated new Polaris business class has taken flight after months of testing, and while there are some big improvements, it will feel pretty familiar if you’re a frequent United flier, which is both good and bad.

Here’s what’s on tap.

Fluffy new pillows and two blankets on every seat

Champagne and a truffle to start

A wine flight trio

An appetizer (some sort of pate) and salad, along with a short rib main

Pastries and ice cream for dessert, plus custom pillows and inflight snacks

Here’s a sample of one of the new menus.

While United says it’s created thousands of new dishes, if you’ve flown United a lot, dishes like braised short rib, spiced chicken, and turbot are all too familiar.

What’s different are more intricate ingredients for the accompaniments, more dessert choices, and hot entrees available on demand mid flight.

Wine is supposed to be better, with an actual menu that lists wines, which is a nice improvement for United.

The big change onboard though is going to be the Polaris seat, with direct access to the aisle and lots of privacy, but it’s going to be 2 or 3 years before that’s widely rolled out, so until then enjoy a little extra pampering to tide you over. Polaris on board service is now effective on all long haul international flights.


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