United Airlines Domestic First Class Review – Boeing 777-200 to Hawaii (Denver to Honolulu: DEN-HNL)
If you want to jet to the islands in style – United Airlines has a solid First-Class experience on its long-haul South Pacific routes.
As United upgrades its Boeing 777 fleet to the new Polaris Seat (Read the Review) – it’s moving their older international 777’s to Hawaii routes. That means premium travelers get lie flat seats and an obscene amount of legroom as the jet to paradise.
Here’s a review of my recent flight from Denver to Honolulu in United's Domestic First Class:
The Pacific crossing from Denver took over six hours – and the seat has heavenly all the way!
When I boarded I was delighted to see a Sak’s Fifth Avenue pillow and blanket. United introduced these gems on their international service – but now feature them on transcontinental and long-haul Hawaii flights. They’re super comfortable and have a luxe feel!
Each seat comes with a ton of personal space. I normally sit in an aisle seat as I want extra room – but there wasn’t an issue with the window seat. You can totally spread out – even beside the window. I couldn’t touch the seat in ‘front’ of me – and there was a built-in ottoman to rest my legs on.
The seat configuration on the 777-200 is a bit odd. Some seats face forward – and some face backward – and in all cases, you kind-of face your neighbor in the opposite row. I am sure the engineers did this to maximize the space – but I don’t think most passengers really like it. However, it really doesn’t matter what direction your seat is facing. I was in a ‘backwards seat – and I barely noticed it.
What I would avoid, at all costs, are the center set of seats. The configuration on the 777-200 in First Class is 2x4x2. Yes – there are FOUR seats in the center section. I wouldn’t pick that, even if I was flying with a family. It looked way too crowded!
The best thing about United's First Class seat was its lie flat capabilities. After two Old Fashioned cocktails and a glass of chardonnay – I was able to put the seat completely flat and nap for a couple of hours! What a treat.
There was a choice of two entrées on my flight to Hawaii: A strange cheese and rice dish (I didn’t catch the name) – and Broiled Chicken Breast with Grits. I went for the chicken even though it didn’t sound that glamourous. It was delicious and well worth the indulgence (I think the grits had a stick of butter in it!).
The lunch also came with a really fresh, crisp salad that was sprinkled with edamame - but no appetizer.
The whole meal was very satisfying. I didn’t have room for the treats on the desert cart which included ice cream sundaes and coffee cake.
I am glad I had a window seat on this trip. The views on this route were spectacular – especially when we were landing in Honolulu. The green and blue colors were off the charts. I didn't know that existed in nature! Postcard worthy to say the least!
Hawaii is always a glam place to visit no matter what. Flying there on United Airlines in First Class made the trip even more fab – especially if you get to jet across the pacific on one of their wide bodies. Great cocktails, a tasty meal, and sleep-inducing seats!