United Continental Holdings, Inc. today announced that all Continental flights operated with Boeing 757-200 aircraft now feature new flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, marking the second major milestone in the installation of 180-degree flat-bed seats throughout Continental’s international fleet. Continental completed the retrofit on its 22 Boeing 777s in December 2010.
Continental operates 41 Boeing 757-200 aircraft, flying principally between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Europe.
Additionally, the tenth United Boeing 777 to be outfitted with flat-bed seats in both United First and United Business is scheduled to enter service in April. United completed the retrofit of its Boeing 747-400 and international 767-300 aircraft with flat-bed seats in its premium cabins in 2009.
“With reconfigurations completed on 116 aircraft, United and Continental together offer more flat-bed premium cabin seats than any other U.S. airline,” said United Senior Vice President of Marketing Mark Bergsrud. “The flat-bed seats and advanced audio/video on-demand offer our customers an unmatched onboard experience.”
On retrofitted aircraft, United and Continental offer premium cabin customers flat-bed seats that recline 180 degrees, along with power ports and headset and USB plugs. iPod connectivity enables customers to view their personal videos and music. Each seat offers audio and video on-demand and a 15.4-inch video screen.
In addition to the reconfiguration of the international fleet, United plans to expand Economy Plus seating to all Continental aircraft beginning in 2012, offering more extra-legroom economy seating than any airline in the world.