United is modifying the features of its premium service on US transcontinental flights according to reports in early 2013.
The airline plans to reconfigure the Boeing 757 aircraft used on the flights between the New York city area airports – JFK, LaGuardia and Newark – and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The planes used on these flights will be converted into a two-class configuration instead of the three-class configuration used at present.
The reconfigured aircraft are expected to provide faster Internet service, complimentary in-flight entertainment and full lie-flat seats in business class. An extra 32 seats will be added in each plane, boosting the capacity to 142 seats.
The premium service or p.s., which was introduced by United in 2004, offers upgraded features across all classes including extra legroom, extra seat-pitch, power outlets at each seat and an upgraded meal service.