Sydney to get United’s all-new Polaris Business and Premium Plus cabins

by James Wilkinson

Sydney is set to get United’s all-new Polaris Business and Premium Plus cabins from December, thanks to the airline upgrading flights from San Francisco to the flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

According to flight schedules on, the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – fitted out with 60 Polaris Business and 24 Premium Plus seats – will replace the existing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from December 03, 2019 to March 26, 2020.

United flight UA 863 departs San Francisco daily at 11:00pm, arriving in Sydney two days later at 09:05am, while the return takes off from the harbour city at 2:00pm, landing at SFO at 08:40am on the same day.

The new Polaris Business class all-aisle-access seats have quickly become some of the most popular in the sky and represent a huge change for United from the 2-2-2 configuration of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Each United Polaris suite-like pod will feature direct access to the aisle, a 180-degree flat-bed that measures 6’6” and 23 inches wide with infinite seat recline options and one-touch lumbar support, ample storage, multiple surfaces that enable passengers to dine while working, universal A/C power as well as 2-USB ports, a 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen, electronic privacy dividers for seats in the center of the cabin, mood lighting and an illuminated ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign.

Additionally, a new marble-topped bar unit offers customers in business class a place to grab a mid-flight drink or snack.

Throughout the aircraft, the cabin interior is comprised of bespoke branding elements as well as carpets, fabrics and wall laminates – that, like the United Polaris seat, were specially designed for United, as well as redesigned lavatories which include modern finishings and farmhouse-style sinks.

With a focus on providing a more tranquil journey for customers, the new cabin design features LED mood-lighting to complement sleep and assist with time-zone changes as well as textured and softer touch materials which not only provide a more premium feel, but will absorb aircraft noise and other sound within the cabin.

The aircraft also feature 24 Premium Plus seats in a 2-3-2 configuration with 38 inches of pitch, 62 seats in United Economy Plus in a 3-4-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 204 United Economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 31 inches of pitch.