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December 13, 2016

Air Travel: United's New 777s, Delta's New Snacks

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Airlines rolled out a host of new product updates this week. 

United Airlines to Launch Boeing 777-300ERs in 2017

United Airlines will add the Boeing 777-300ER to its 2017 flight schedules this weekend, with the airline's newest aircraft type offering the new United Polaris business class seats starting regularly scheduled service in February 2017. The aircraft's entry into service will also mark the debut of United's new wide-body cabin design.

With the flight schedule update this weekend, United will offer one round trip six days each week between Newark Liberty International Airport and San Francisco International Airport between February 16 and May 4. The airline expects to begin 777-300ER intercontinental service between San Francisco and Hong Kong on March 25, with the aircraft replacing a Boeing 747-400 currently being used on the route. Flight and aircraft schedules are subject to change.

United's 777-300ER aircraft will offer a new interior envisioned in partnership with design firm PriestmanGoode, including the airline's new United Polaris business class seat. Each United Polaris suite-like pod will have 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, 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.

This new seat represents the latest in the continued roll-out of United Polaris, the airline's new business class experience.

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will have 60 seats in business class in a 1-2-1 configuration with direct-aisle access from all seats.

The new cabin design also includes LED mood-lighting to complement sleep and assist with time-zone changes as well as textured and softer touch materials which will absorb aircraft noise and other sound within the cabin.

Seats in United Economy will offer two United Private Screening options – personal on-demand entertainment with high-definition seat-back monitors and USB ports along with United's personal device entertainment, enabling customers to play movies and television programs on their electronic devices. Customers also will have access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi.

The aircraft will have 102 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.

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Delta Revamps In-Flight Snacks

Delta has announced it is retiring its branded peanuts and pretzels as its Main Cabin snack offering. 

As of December 14, those snacks will make way for Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Squirrel Brand Honey Roasted peanuts and NatureBox Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Bars. The airline's signature Biscoff cookies will remain in service.

Delta said that the snacks would offer larger portions and more variety for customers, and that it would refresh its Main Cabin snacks more frequently in the future based on customer feedback. 

The complimentary snacks will be available in the Main Cabin on flights over 250 miles. Customers on shorter flights within North America - from 251 to 599 miles - will now receive a choice of Biscoff cookies or Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, whereas customers were only offered one choice previously. Flights over 600 miles will now offer four choices, instead of three, offering Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Squirrel Brand Honey Roasted peanuts, a NatureBox Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Bar or Biscoff cookies.

Additionally, customers on international flights will receive a choice of Snyder's of Hanover pretzels or Squirrel Brand Honey Roasted peanuts.

To celebrate the new snacks, Delta has set up branded vending machines in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York to offer complimentary samples to customers.

The new snacks complement other enhancements Delta has recently announced in the Main Cabin including upgraded blankets with woven fabric in a sensory blue hue, complimentary beer, wine and spirits on long-haul international flights, sleep kits on long-haul international flights and more.

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TAP Portugal Increases Flight Operations for Summer 2017

Finally, in flight news, TAP Portugal has announced the addition of six new destinations as part of the company’s increased services planned for summer 2017.

Starting June 2017, TAP will add flights to new cities across the world, including Toronto, Canada; Budapest, Hungary; Bucharest, Romania; Las Palmas and Alicante, Spain; and Stuttgart, Germany.

Also planned for next summer, TAP will increase its frequency to Madrid (departing from Porto), Manchester, Moscow, Dusseldorf, and Faro. Bookings for all of TAP’s new and increased flights are available.

In July 2017, TAP expects to increase operations by 11 percent with over 1,176 more flights offered than at the same time last year. TAP’s additional flights comes in sync with the order of a long-haul A330, the addition of two A320F aircrafts, the retrofitting of 48 aircrafts, and the launch of a new TAP Express for regional flights, a Lisbon/Oporto shuttle, and the inauguration of two new USA routes: Boston and New York – JFK.

TAP also plans to upgrade its offering in the domestic sector. Following the success of the Lisbon/Oporto shuttle and the frequency increases to Madeira and the Azores, TAP will reinforce operations from Lisbon to Faro as well, growing from three to four dailies.

Visit www.flytap.com/en-us

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