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United Airlines Polaris Business Class Review – B767-400 Newark to Buenos Aires (EWR-EZE)

United Airlines Polaris Business Class Review – B767-400 Newark to Buenos Aires (EWR-EZE)

Newark to Buenos Aires is a long flight – almost 11 hours.  Sitting in United’s Polaris Business Class seat is a dream on this journey – especially when it’s in one of their solo seats.  Great food, fab drinks and a comfortable seat that turns into a bed!

Here’s a review of my recent trip on this route on United's Boeing 767-400  (With a focus mostly on the outbound flight – but with some photos of the meals from the return).

Boarding

 Saks Fifth Avenue Bedding - United Airlines Polaris Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Saks Fifth Avenue Bedding - United Airlines Polaris Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

As I boarded the plane – I noticed that my seat had the luxe Sacks Fifth Avenue bedding already on it.   I had two pillows, a duvet, and a wool blanket. One of the pillows was made from "cooling-gel” (I love this pillow as it’s super comfy – and it really does cool!).

 Pre-Departure Drink - United Business Class B767-400   Photo: Calvin Wood

Pre-Departure Drink - United Business Class B767-400  Photo: Calvin Wood

Within minutes, I had a glass of pre-departure champagne on my cocktail table.  This was the start of the glam!

 Amenity Kit Tin  - United Airlines Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit Tin  - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

As we boarded, every seat had an amenity kit on it.  United is currently using Polaris branded tins as packaging for their inflight necessities.  Each kit contained an eye shade, ear plugs, toothpaste, Cowshed branded lotions, and socks.  

 Amenity Tin Contents - United Airlines Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Tin Contents - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Seat

 Business Class Seat (Dou) - United Airlines Boeing 767-400

Business Class Seat (Dou) - United Airlines Boeing 767-400

United has not installed their new Polaris seats on this route – but the ones they have are still super! 

The configuration on their Boeing 767-400 is 2-1-2.  I was able to nab the center (single) seat on both the outbound and return. 

The solo seats are golden – especially if you get the bulkhead which has extra leg room.   There’s plenty of space in this seat – and the fact that you are ‘solo’ gives you more privacy. And funnily, you also have improved lavatory access as you can jump into either aisle from this seat (a benefit if you're indulging in the champers!).

 Solo Seat with Dual Aisle Access - United Airlines B 767-400 Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Solo Seat with Dual Aisle Access - United Airlines B 767-400 Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Bulkhead Footwell - Boeing 767-400 United Airlines Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Bulkhead Footwell - Boeing 767-400 United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Cocktail Table & Seat Controls - United B 767-400   Photo: Calvin Wood

Cocktail Table & Seat Controls - United B 767-400  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Storage Shelf & Power - United B 767-400 Polaris Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Storage Shelf & Power - United B 767-400 Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

There’s not a lot of storage – but there’s a spot for your water bottle, earphones and other nick-knacks just beside your head rest. 

 Seat in Bed Mode - Totally Amazing - United B 767-400   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seat in Bed Mode - Totally Amazing - United B 767-400  Photo: Calvin Wood

The seat reclines into a multitude of positions, but the one I cared most about on my flight was ‘bed-mode!” The seat goes fully flat  – which is perfect on an overnight journey! I’m 5’10” and had no problem falling asleep.  There’s plenty of room and it’s very comfortable!

Dining

 Champagne & Warm Nuts - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Champagne & Warm Nuts - United Airlines Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

The flight attendants jumped into cocktail mode as soon as we reached cruising altitude.  I continued with the champagne – but there was plenty of other options (two reds, two whites, and numerous spirits). 

 Salmon Starter - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Salmon Starter - United Airlines Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

On my flight to Buenos Aires, they had a seared salmon starter.   This is one of my favorite appetizers on United (they serve it on a number of flights).  It comes with a wasabi sauce and is super tasty. 

On my flight back to Newark they had smoked chicken and cabbage.  That one was a bit of a miss as it was nothing special.  It actually tasted like a mistake.  Maybe the chef missed a step in it's prep!

 Chicken Stater - United Airlines Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Chicken Stater - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Salmon Main - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Salmon Main - United Airlines Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

For the main, there were four options.  I went for the salmon and risotto.  It doesn’t look that appetizing in my photo – but it was delightful!  Perfectly prepared and tasty. 

On my flight back, I had the fish main again (not sure what type though).  This time it was dry and tasted a bit bland.  Are you seeing a pattern here?  The whole dinner on the return flight from Buenos Aires wasn’t so good – which is odd as the Argentinians are usually masters in the kitchen!

 Fish Main - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Fish Main - United Airlines Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Salad - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

Salad - United Airlines Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Cheese Plate & Port - United Airlines  Polaris Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Cheese Plate & Port - United Airlines Polaris Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

I had the selection of scrumptious cheeses for dessert.  I could have gone for United’s signature business class sundae after that – but I was to stuffed at that point!

 Farmer's Omelet - United Business Class  Photo: Calvin Wood

Farmer's Omelet - United Business Class Photo: Calvin Wood

For breakfast on my way down to Buenos Aires, I had the Farmer's Omelet which was super filling and rich!  On the return I had the frittata – which actually trumped the breakfast on the outbound. It was fluffy, light and delicious.

 Frittata - United Airlines Business Class    Photo: Calvin Wood

Frittata - United Airlines Business Class   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

 United Airlines Polaris Business Class - Boeing 767-400

United Airlines Polaris Business Class - Boeing 767-400

I really enjoyed my flight to Argentina in United's Polaris Business Class. Great food (on the way down) and securing a solo seat elevated the glam factor on this flight.  I arrived relaxed, refreshed and charged - ready to explore Buenos Aires!

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