Yesterday, United president Scott Kirby told an industry conference in Denver that the airline is considering lie-flat first-class seats for the Boeing 737 MAX 10 (of which United has 100 on order) for use on domestic, transcontinental routes which have demand for premium seating. United currently has 15 Boeing 757-222 aircraft with a 28F/114Y configuration, including lie-flat first-class seats, which are normally dedicated to three transcontinental routes, from Newark to San Francisco and Los Angeles and from San Francisco to Boston. These aircraft, including the second 757 delivered to United, will presumably be targets for replacement with the premium MAX 10 configuration.
United also operates 41 ex-Continental 757-224 aircraft configured with 16F/153Y seating, including the same lie-flat seats in first class as the dedicated transcon 757-222 fleet. These aircraft fly the three premium transcon routes but also serve a number of thin international markets (including secondary-time flights where they augment larger aircraft) and assorted domestic markets where their size and range is appropriate even if the premium first class is not required. Many of these routes are from Newark.
Although the premium MAX 10 configuration would be used to expand United's premium domestic offering according to Kirby, the 3,300-nm range of the MAX 10 (with one auxiliary fuel tank) suggests it could also replace the 757-200 on international routes. Of United's current 757-200 routes from Newark, only two (to Hamburg and to Stockholm) are beyond the range of the MAX 10.
Today's Featured Map shows United's current 757-200 routes from Newark in blue, with non-Newark 757-200 routes in orange. Also shown is the still-air range of the 737 MAX 10 from Newark.
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