United Airlines Business Class Review 777-200 – Hong Kong to Newark (HKG-EWR)
Traversing the globe from Hong Kong to New York City takes about fifteen-and-a-half hours – NONSTOP! Flying United’s Business Class makes it a relaxing and fab experience, all the way.
Wide seats that go fully-flat, luxe bedding, great food and plenty of cocktails is my recipe for a great time. United dishes all of that up on this mega long-haul crossing.
Here’s a review of my recent transoceanic journey.
United's Boeing 777-200 doesn’t have the new Polaris seating on it, yet – but it’s still lavish.
The configuration on my flight was 2-2-2 across and all off the seats faced forward (Some of the pre-merger United 777s still have seats pointing forward and backward!).
My seat was in the bulkhead – which provided added luxury. The footwells in the first row have a LOT more room than the rows further back. This makes it easier to relax and sleep – so consider yourself lucky (or well prepared) if you snag one!
Each seat on the 777-200 also has plenty of room to store items needed in flight – including a pre-departure cocktail.
The lay flat capability is the seat's best feature. It goes completely vertical – making it easy to catch some sleep on a crossing.
In fact, United has rolled out the red carpet to make sure the whole sleeping experience is extra luxe: They had two pillows (one is constructed with cooling-jell technology), a mattress pad, a duvet, blanket and even PJ’s -- - all in an effort to induce a peaceful slumber...(It worked!).
United’s long-haul business class features a slick cocktail service.
On my flight, each flight attendant was armed with a bar cart that dispensed champagne, multiple wines, and traditional aperitifs. They even offered a ‘flight’ of wines to sample prior to committing to a vintage! I loved that feature.
After dinner – they showcased cognacs, liquors and even port! I went for the VSOP Courvoisier – which went well with my apple tart!
The starter on this flight was a tasty prosciutto appetizer with melon and sun-dried tomatoes. It came with a salad that was a little low key – but it was all delicious.
The star dish on this flight was the main – a magnificently prepared salmon steak plated with jasmine rice. I actually bit into right away – even before I even had a chance to snap a picture. It was scrumptious. For some reason United always does an exquisite job of preparing fish at 30,000 feet!
The dessert service featured a buffet worthy number of treats including cakes, cookies, ice cream sundaes, tarts and cheeses. I had to look away!! The flight attendant wasn’t having any of that though- and convinced me to go for their heavenly cheese plate.
Fifteen hours is a long time – and United made sure no one went hungry. Throughout the flight –there was a well-stocked snack cart next to the galley. It featured chocolates, chips, sandwiches, cookies – and fruit.
About an hour prior to landing the flight attendants also wheeled out the last feast: a huge breakfast offering (with Asian and North American selections). I went for the satisfying baked frittata and steamed spinach.
United has a cool amenity kit right now: a re-usable tin that commemorates their Boeing 747. The tin comes in several colors and houses everything one needs inflight including earplugs, eyeshades, hand cream and dental care.
What a fantstic business class flight!
I had time to savor a delectable dinner, sip cognac, catch up on a couple of movies and sleep! Who could ask for anything more?
United Airlines has a great business product now – and it’s getting even better with the introduction of their new Polaris seats. In the meantime – their ‘regular flights’ are still a great way to traverse the globe!