Review: UA SFO-HKG PolarisFirst

Date: Monday January 23
Flight: UA869
Aircraft: B747-400
Origin: SFO
Destination: HKG
Seat: 1K PolarisFirst
Scheduled Push Back: 1:30 PM
Actual Push Back: 1:47 PM

I previously flew United GlobalFirst on a 747 on a trip to Manila (via Tokyo). However, this is my first flight with the new United Polaris soft product. This flight is bitter sweet as the new Polaris seats are set to debut in March 2017 on this exact route. However, this may be my last opportunity to fly on a United 747. Originally the plan was to retire the 747 from the fleet in 2018, but that has now been accelerated to 2017.

I contemplated re-booking this flight from ORD just to experience the first Polaris Lounge, but figured I’d wait until the kinks were worked out and additional lounges were built. The SFO lounge is rumored to be larger as well.

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