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United Airlines Debuts Onboard Wireless Charging for Domestic First Class Guests

United Airlines has today introduced a new domestic First Class seat which features wireless charging in every armrest. Customers can charge multiple devices at once with wireless, an AC household-style outlet and USB-C port.

United Debuts Wireless Onboard Charging - Courtesy United Airlines/PRNewswire

On Wednesday (July 12, 2023), United Airlines announced the introduction of a new domestic First Class seat which features wireless charging in every armrest. The new United First® seat features vegan leather upholstery, a 13-inch seatback screen and 18-inch tray tables, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, privacy screens and an ergonomically designed seat cushion. The seats debut on the airline’s 737s starting this month, and will be rolled out to 200 domestic airplanes by 2026, including 737NGs, 737 MAX Family and Airbus A321neos.

In Wednesday’s announcement, United Airlines’ Managing Director of Identity, Product and Loyalty, Mark Muren, said,

“This new United First seat is designed around the modern traveler – more charging options, bigger spaces for devices, food, drinks and personal items and extra privacy. As we evolve the onboard experience, we're upending old industry norms and anticipating future needs to accommodate the new ways people live and travel.”

United Airlines' New Domestic United First Seat - Courtesy United Airlines/PRNewswire

Guests traveling on aircraft equipped with the new domestic United First Seat will also be able to charge multiple electronic devices at once with wireless, an AC household-style outlet and USB-C ports at each seat. The wireless charger is strategically located in a compartment of the armrest to give guests line-of-sight to notifications, while freeing their hands and tray table. The 13-inch HD seatback screens are Bluetooth capable and include a remote for those unable to reach the touchscreen.

The seats also feature designated space for devices, food, drinks and more, while the larger 18 x 8.5 inch tray table sports a built-in tablet holder and enough space for most standard laptops. With authentic Italian quartzite cocktail tables and bottle holders between each seat, passengers no longer need to balance gadgets, drinks and snacks on a single table. Guests will also enjoy enhanced privacy with an 11 x 9-inch divider between neighbors, winged headrests and tray tables that deploy from outer armrests to reduce passenger contact. Today’s announcement marks United’s first update to domestic First Class seats since 2015. The new United First seat was built with a team of experts, including United’s engineering and inflight teams, University of Michigan’s biomechanics researcher Dr. Matthew Reed and design firm Priestman Goode.

Introducing the new United First® Domestic First Class Seat – Courtesy United Airlines/PRNewswire

At United Airlines, ‘Good Leads the Way.’ The airline operates the most comprehensive network among North American carriers with U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. As measured by Available seat miles (ASMs), United is now the world’s largest airline. Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL.’

Source: United Airlines/PRNewswire


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