A321neo aircraft joins the United Airlines fleet

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United Airlines new Airbus A321neo has undertaken its inaugural flight from Houston on November 30. This becomes the first new Airbus aircraft to enter United’s fleet since 2002.

United A321neo Cabin

The new aircraft features United’s most advanced cabin interior yet – including Panasonic’s new NEXT inflight entertainment system, which offers an up to 13 inch, 4K screen.

There is a customizable passenger interface which includes curated content options, a more detailed flight timeline, 3D map with destination guides and onboard food and beverage menus.

United’s A321neo aircraft features the Airbus’ Airspace cabin, which includes a unique welcome area and the latest full LED lighting technologies (which helps to reduce jet lag).

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Other cabin accoutrements include new slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level; improved window views with redesigned bezels and completely integrated window shades; new large overhead storage bins.

The United configuration also offers High-speed Wi-Fi with streaming capabilities and Bluetooth connectivity.

‘United Next’ Growth Strategy

Speaking in October this year, following the news that United had placed a firm order with Airbus for sixty A321neo aircraft Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, said:

“United will take full benefit of Airbus’ Airspace cabin, providing an exceptional customer and cabin crew experience completely in phase with the United Next initiative,”

Render of a United Airlines Airbus A321neo in flight.
Image Credit: Airbus

“With regard to operations, the A321neo’s fuel efficiency, lower carbon footprint and lower maintenance and operating costs will be a game changer for our partners at United,” he added.

The A321neo is just the latest addition to United’s fleet as progress continues on the airline’s ambitious United Next growth strategy.

The carrier expects to take delivery of about 800 new narrowbody and widebody aircraft between 2023 and the end of 2032.

At the same time, the airline will be retrofitting existing narrowbody aircraft with United’s Signature Interior.

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