United Airlines new business class features sleeping pods instead of seats

The third largest carrier of the US has announced its new ambitious yet practical Business Class upgrade. This year we have seen a string of airlines showing off their trendy, modern opulent Business Class offerings. What make Polaris stand out will be its sleeping pods that contain, and concentrate on, sleep-enhancing seats which feature lie-flat beds for intercontinental travelers. The airline aims to provide a completely fresh experience, hoping to attract more passengers and also improvise on its currently slacking reputation.

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The Polaris, named after the north star, will feature 180-degree flat-bed recline, mood-lighting, one-touch lumbar support, multiple surfaces for work and dining, several storage areas, a 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen, electronic privacy dividers and also the choice for passengers to switch on a ‘do not disturb’ sign.
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The seating is custom-built seats that were designed with Acumen Design Associates and PriestmanGoode, and manufactured by Zodiac Seats in the UK. The bedding will include plush duvets, lightweight day blankets and a large and small pillow – from Saks Fifth Avenue, stylishly apt for an American airline. Every flight will offer slippers to its passengers, and for flights longer than 12 hours, you can ask for custom-made pyjamas. The suites also provide amenity kits which will have ergonomically-designed eye shades, products from Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Sp. But the winning appeal is a calming lavender pillow mist – another promising lullaby for peaceful sleep.
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The redesign project took 12,000 hours of research which eventually got them to draw out a cabin that will address the most crucial and relevant need of a traveler – sleep or rest. A return ticket will cost $7,000 to London. The airline also plans pre-departure lounges – which will be a first for any US airline. The first United Polaris business lounge is expected to open on December 1 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Others that are in the streamline include airports in Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo expected to open in 2017.
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[ Via : Forbes ]