United adds new top product to Hong Kong route

United Airlines’ new United First Suite and United Business cabins are now available to passengers flying to and from Hong Kong.The new premium products are available three days a week on United’s daily nonstop services between Hong Kong and San Francisco and the carrier’s daily nonstop services between Hong Kong and Singapore.

Later in the year, all daily flights of these routes will be fully configured with the new premium products. Following United’s schedule to gradually upgrade its international fleet, other reconfigured Boeing 747 aircraft will also enter service in late 2008 and fly between Hong Kong and Chicago as well as Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

United’s debut of its new First Suite and Business Class cabin to Hong Kong was marked by the arrival on August 15 of United flight 869 from San Francisco to Hong Kong. This has been the carrier’s first newly-configured Boeing 747-400 aircraft to Asia, featuring 180¼ fully flat beds, iPod connectivity and a 15.4-inch personal flat-screen television to provide customers with optimal privacy, comfort and working space during long international flights.

“This flight to Hong Kong marks a major milestone in the development of United’s service offering to our Asia-Pacific customers,” said Mark Schwab, Vice President, Pacific, United Airlines. “The Asia Pacific region, particularly Hong Kong, has always been an important part of United’s global growth strategy. We are therefore very much committed to introducing even better products and services for our customers.”

In the new United First and United Business cabins customers can enjoy more than 150 hours of on-demand movies and television with noise-cancelling headphones; work on an ergonomically-designed tray table that comfortably accommodates a laptop computer; relax on a 180¼ fully-flat seat with four-way lumbar support and six-way adjustable headrest; and dine on appetizers and entrées created by world-renowned award-winning chef Charlie Trotter.