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Jake Redman October 1, 2012 12

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Review of: United Airlines
Boeing 757-200

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On October 1, 2012
Last modified:October 1, 2012


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Airline: United
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Seat: 4B
Class: “Business First”


United 757 Business First
Not a terrible way to cross the country. Business First aboard a United 757-200.

The Seat(s): This isn’t the official new United PS service, but is an international 757-200 with 16 seats in the Business First cabin. It was used on united PS routes when transitioning to the new PS cabins. They are however, similar to the new PS seats.

At first glance, this United Airlines 757 “Business First” seat looks a like it might not have the width you would hope for up front. But unless my research betrays me, these are at least an inch wider than most domestic first (and a few international business) class seats. As you would hope, sitting legroom is beyond adequate. The fully extended lie-flat position is as-advertised: fully-flat. While this is great news for all who have been cheated by “almost” flat seats, it creates a problem for the window seat passenger here. If your friend on the aisle is sleeping and you need to get up…well…good luck. Friends of modhop who’ve experienced the window side describe awkward attempts to climb over their knocked-out neighbor.

USB and standard power ports make the seats gadget friendly and  a reading light is positioned next to your headrest. Instead of trying to give you confusing, pinpoint control of your seat, these come with a very simple and straightforward panel of controls for recline and lumbar support. Beats looking like a rookie while you accidentally launch your seat into less than comfortable positions. If you’re flying domestically though, you should note that there’s no wi-fi on board which is a real bummer, particularly for you, my business traveling friend.

United Business First Meal
Incredible, edible egg-glob. Our surprisingly tasty omelette in United Business First.

Service/Food: This breakfast transcon featured a starter of fresh fruits with yogurt and a choice of cinnamon roll or croissant. When I ordered the Swiss Cheese Omlette, I expected the typical fold-over flavorless egg-loaf that food-service trucks typically roll out from the food service warehouse assembly line. I was probably right about where it came from, but this one had flavor and the texture of freshly scrambled eggs with a hint of Swiss. Surprising in a good way.

Flight attendants brought consistent smiles and were friendly and accommodating throughout the flight. I also appreciate that they didn’t gaze at me disapprovingly like I just kicked a puppy while I”m taking extensive footage of  my meal (It’s happened).

Summary: This was a domestic flight within the US but I can imagine being content in this seat for a longer haul. If you DO find yourself on a trans-oceanic flight aboard one of these United 757’s consider the difficulty escaping the window seat if your neighbor is reclined. 10+ hours in an area you can’t escape might make this a windowed prison cell without facilities…or just get on your seatmates last nerve.

Otherwise, these are good seats. True flat-bed with a relatively big TV and places to plug in my gadgetry along with a surprisingly good meal make for a quick and happy 5 hours in the air…even without the internet.

Rating: 4 hops (of 5)

Strategy:  Miles can be redeemed to upgrade on US domestic flights, often with a co-pay. Upgrades can in many instances be purchased when you go to pick your seat online. If you’re a United Mileage Plus elite member, complimentary space-available upgrades are processed different times in the days before your flight and depend on your status level. If you’re travelling internationally, check your online reservation page for upgrade offers or call United.

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Jake Redman

Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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  1. Jacob Boral on November 12, 2012

    i am taking a business first class from logan airport in boston to SFO airport in San Fransisco will you still get the same stuff as in your flight like the flat bed seats,breakfastt,tv, and other stuff?


    • Jake Redman on November 13, 2012

      Hi Jacob,

      Doesn’t look like You’ll get the lie-flat experience. United appears to be using 737 aircraft between Boston and SFO so while you’ll likely get live TV, it will be more of a typical domestic-first experience.

  2. Jacob Boral on November 15, 2012

    hi jake
    back to what you said about not getting the full flat bed experience my dad just looked up are tickets and the aircraft is a boeing 757-200 united airlines so do you think that i will get the flat bed seat because like you said in your video that you would get that didn’t you?

    thanks jacob

    • Jake Redman on November 16, 2012

      Hi jacob. It appears that United DOES fly one or more 757-200 flight between the two cities. The sample dates I looked at (late Nov/early Dec) showed a configuration with typical domestic first seats. Not lie-flat, unfortunately. If you have your flight number and date of departure you can check the scheduled layout for your specific flight at seatexpert.com.

  3. joce on January 23, 2013

    Loved your reviews so helpful, curious.. i am flying with a 6 year old girl using miles, and i am liking that fact that i can reach her and hold her hand for take off or landing or whenever in these business class seats on United 777-200 and 757-200. i am comparing to Virgin atl airbus 330-300upper class, which seems to be more of a cocoon style and hard to talk to a child or family member. do you know if Virgin upper class seats have windows or a way to open up the space between the two seats if one likes? what is your opinion given my concern of being able to chat easily? thank you in advance 🙂

    • Jake Redman on January 24, 2013

      Glad the 757 review helped! I think the United seats will work out for you just fine. Our expertise is limited to what we’ve read and heard from others about the Virgin Atlantic Suites in Upper Class but it sounds like they’re not as well suited for hand-holding or chatting. If I hear otherwise, I’ll chime back in but my understanding is that these are pretty private seats.

  4. Skew-t on January 12, 2015

    Thanks Jake, I just used miles to upgrade my next EWR-DEN flight. Ill be flying the 752 and your video helped me understand the unfamiliar First Class configuration.

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