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When you think of domestic first class, you think of leather recliner seats with better than average legroom, right? Well not today! Today it is United’s new Polaris Business Class cabin on a retrofitted B767-300ER from Houston to Chicago O’Hare.
I reviewed the international service of this seat on United’s B777-300ER from San Francisco to Taipei, which you can read here.
I was fortunate to have secured an upgrade on this flight thanks to being a 1K member with United’s MileagePlus program. I was personally surprised, since upgrades tend to get rarer as time goes on, especially on such a hub-to-hub with many loyalty flyers!
After boarding, I made my way to my seat for the flight, 6A. I got settled in and was offered a pre-departure drink, taking a simple cup of ice water to hydrate for the 2 hour and 30 minute flight.
It was my first time flying the product domestically, and I was looking forward to the enhanced seat on this flight. The biggest notable difference was the lack of provisions at the seat: no pillows, no blankets, nothing. I know it’s a domestic flight, but something simple like the cheap blue throw would’ve been nice on this 7:45AM flight.
The biggest notable difference was the lack of provisions at the seat: no pillows, no blankets, nothing. I know it’s a domestic flight, but something simple like the cheap blue throw would’ve been nice on this 7:45AM flight.
After taxiing for a few minutes, we ended up waiting for 15 to 20 minutes for a spot on the runway, we finally lined up for take off, having those Pratt & Whitney 4060 engines lift us up into the air.
After takeoff, I reclined the seat and dozed off for a bit, waiting for the breakfast service to start. The options were either a spinach and cheese quiche or a cold cut plate with a hard-boiled egg. I opted for the quiche, although I regretted waiting for the breakfast, thinking I should’ve slept instead!
The plate came served with a fruit bowl and a Chobani yogurt, and I ordered water and a crabapple vodka to accompany the breakfast. But I noticed my bread plate was missing bread, but soon enough the flight attendant came by with cinnamon rolls and biscuits.
I chose the cinnamon roll as a nice dessert to top off the breakfast. It was a fine breakfast, but not having slept the night before, I regretted not getting more shuteye. As soon the flight attendant took the tray away, I put the seat into the lay flat position fell right asleep.
Before I knew it, we were on our final descent into Chicago’s O’Hare airport! We had a great view of the railway as we descended towards the runway.
It was a perfectly fine flight! We were slightly delayed out of Houston, however we made up for the delay while in the air, getting into Chicago right on time. I wish I would’ve rested up for the flight, because I think I would’ve enjoyed it way more! It’s a nice seat to have when flying domestically, since you’ll have privacy and more space to get work done.
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