United Airlines Domestic First Class Review Boeing 767-400 – Honolulu to Newark (HNL-EWR)
Honolulu to Newark is the longest domestic flight in United’s network – clocking in at a published flight time of 11 hours and 15 minutes! That’s a great route to absorbed all the glam from United’s First Class Hawaiian service.
UA flies its wide-body,international product on this route and brands its premium service as First-Class (on the same plane between the US and Europe it’s Polaris Business Class though).
Whatever you call it, the First Class cabin is a luxe way to jet between the islands and the east coast! Here’s a review of my recent flight on UA’s 767-400:
The First Class configuration on the 767-400 is 2x1x2.
Consider yourself lucky if you score one of the solo seats (or a celebrity). Those seats have aisle access on both sides (making a dash to the restrooms easier).
I was in the duo seat on this flight- which was perfectly fine. They are slightly staggered, so each passenger has their own space in the row.
The video screens on the 767 are huge – and there’s enough movies to keep you occupied for 34 world-circumnavigations!
There’s a spot for everything in this seat: your reading materials, your bottle of water, and even your footwear. The shoe storage under the seat is my particular favorite as your sneakers completely slip away – but are easy to find in the middle of the night.
My favorite feature in this seat is the lie flat capabilities. The seat goes completely vertical, is extremely comfortable, and has plenty of room. It’s not hard to drift off to sleep at all – cocooned in the Sak’s Fifth Avenue bedding!
Food & Beverage
United has a full complement of cocktails and wines on this route. I could've ordered a Mai Tai on this flight (they're featured exclusively on UA's Hawaiian routes). As I was headed back to the east coast – I went for a classic Old Fashioned – pictured at the top of this post.
Today's flight had a choice of three mains for dinner: Whitefish with Lobster Sauce (my choice), Short Ribs, and Mushroom Risotto. (My seat-mate oddly wanted none of those and went for the hamburger from coach - which brought the glam factor down a notch!)
The fish was super tasty (especially with the crustacean sauce!). It came with a light salad – but no appetizer (UA doesn’t seem to serve those on domestic flights). I could have finished off with lemon sorbet for dessert – but I went for a relaxing Bailey’s instead.
About 45 minutes prior to landing – breakfast was served. On today’s flight, it was a fruit plate with tasty Hawaiian treats – and a bread pudding (step away from that dish if you’re on diet!)
The flight to the east coast was 11 hours of complete glam!
For the most part if felt like United’s international business class: a great seat, fab bedding, tasty food- and full cocktail service (If you are comparing - the only difference was no amenity kit, no cheese service or appetizer, and less choice of wines).
The price for this route is a lot lower than international business class too – but the flight is actually longer than east coast to Europe destinations! Well worth it. You arrive relaxed and ready to jump into your work-day in New York City!