United today officially introduced its new signature seat design that will be seen on domestically configured mainline and regional aircraft. A United Express CRJ-700 is the first to sport the new look, which features leather seat covers, double-stitch patterns and a United-branded tag.
United will deploy the new seats on more than 500 aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. So, in my interpretation, I’m calling it the “domestic” fleet. United developed the seats with global travel and transport design consultant Priestmangoode.
From United’s press release, the new design will include:
- Bold elements, such as multi-tonal leather seat covers, distinctive double-stitch patterns, sculpted contouring and a new United-branded tag
- More ergonomic and supportive cushioning and additional seat-back storage space in United Economy Plus and United Economy
- Technology that makes the seats more environmentally friendly by reducing seat weight and volume, contributing to less fuel burn
That last bullet intrigued me with the word “technology,” but its meaning isn’t my own. But I do see in that first image above that there are power outlets for each row, which will be a welcome addition to United’s aircraft where no power is currently available.
On another United seat-related technology front, check out The Wandering Aramean’s post about the lack of IFE screens in newer United seats. It appears that United will be forging ahead with streaming in-flight entertainment content, once all aircraft are equipped with Wi-Fi. That’s my guess, anyway.
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