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United Airlines Domestic First Class Review – Boeing 777-200 to Hawaii (Denver to Honolulu:  DEN-HNL)

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:

 First Class Seats - United Airlines Boeing 777-200   Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Seats - United Airlines Boeing 777-200  Photo: Calvin Wood

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!

 Saks Fifth Avenue Bedding - United First Class 777-200  Photo: Calvin Wood

Saks Fifth Avenue Bedding - United First Class 777-200 Photo: Calvin Wood

 Saks Fifth Avenue Pillow - United First Class Boeing 777-200   Photo: Calvin Wood

Saks Fifth Avenue Pillow - United First Class Boeing 777-200 Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

 Ottoman - United First Class Boeing 777-200 to Hawaii   Photo: Calvin Wood

Ottoman - United First Class Boeing 777-200 to Hawaii  Photo: Calvin Wood

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!

 Seat Controls - United First Class to Hawaii 777-200   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - United First Class to Hawaii 777-200  Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

 Lie Flat Seat - United First Class to Hawaii- Boeing 777-200    Photo: Calvin Wood

Lie Flat Seat - United First Class to Hawaii- Boeing 777-200   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Movie Screens - United First Class Boeing 777-200   Photo: Calvin Wood

Movie Screens - United First Class Boeing 777-200  Photo: Calvin Wood

Meal Service

 Lunch - United First Class to Hawaii    Photo: Calvin Wood

Lunch - United First Class to Hawaii   Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

The View

 On Approach to Honolulu    Photo: Calvin Wood

On Approach to Honolulu   Photo: Calvin Wood

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!

 Honolulu Airport Approach   Photo: Calvin Wood

Honolulu Airport Approach  Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

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!

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