United Polaris new Business Class routes

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We've put together a list of all United Airlines Polaris new Business Class routes.


United Airlines introduced their new business class product in December 2016.

Many people prefer of course to fly with this product rather than in the old business class cabin. Therefore, it is helpful to know on which planes and routes this product is operated.

Here on our page premium-flights.com, we publish new business class deals every day, from North America and from Europe, and from time to time those with United Airlines and the new Polaris seats as well, when good deals are available.



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A little warning, the following information is not binding in any way. United Airlines can change flight equipment at any given time without further notice, for example if an aircraft is out of service or for any other reason. Furthermore, they change the routes quite often for the summer or winter schedule. As you booked a business class flight you will of course be in business class, but without the new POLARIS cabin. You usually won't be able to change or cancel your flight free of charge.

(Last update 01 January 2020)


New Polaris Business Class routes:


From Chicago (ORD) 

  • London (LHR) – on selected flights only
  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Munich (MUC)
  • Zurich (ZRH)

From Newark (EWR)

  • London (LHR)
  • Brussels (BRU)
  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Nice (NCE)
  • Zurich (ZRH)

From San Francisco (SFO)

  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • London (LHR) – on selected flights only

From Washington DC (IAD)

  • Brussels (BRU)
  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Zurich (ZRH)



From Newark (EWR)

  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Tokyo (NRT)
  • Mumbai (BOM)

From San Francisco (SFO)

  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Taipei (TPE)
  • Tokyo (NRT)
  • Beijing (PEK)
  • Shanghai (PVG)



  • Newark (EWR) to Tel Aviv (TLV)
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Tel Aviv (TLV)



From San Francisco (SFO)

  • Auckland (AKL)



  • Houston (IAH) to Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • Houston (IAH) to Santiago (SCL)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD) to São Paulo (GRU)



  • Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) – on selected flights only
  • Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) – on selected flights only


There are a few other routes who sometimes get flown as well with the new Polaris seats, but that's too hard to predict and the reason why we didn't put it in the list.


Overview Polaris destinations on world map





Middle East


How to check if a United Airlines flight offers the new Polaris seats?

All of United Airlines B777-300er and B787-10 offer the new Polaris Business Class product. More and more Boeing 767-300ER and 777-200ER offer the seats as well. View list below for exact numbers.

The way you can tell if an aircraft has the new polaris cabin is from the seat map. We use ExpertFlyer, but you can as well use Seatguru to check the seat maps, here is what you need to look out for.

An example for a 777-300ER: If the seat map is showing a 1-2-1 cabin layout, like this….

…then the flight will be operated with the new Polaris cabin.

For the B767-300ER the new Polaris cabin will look like this, in a 1-1-1 configuration due to the smaller fuselage

On the other hand if the seat map is showing a 2-2-2 cabin layout like this….

…then you’re looking at an older model Business Class cabin and NOT the new Polaris cabin. Other aircraft with old seats show even more seats in a row.


Overview of how many United Airlines planes are equipped with new Polaris seats

  • Boeing 777-300ER: 21 of 21
  • Boeing 767-300ER: 29 of 38 (during 2021 all should be retrofitted)
  • Boeing 777-200ER: 41 of 51
  • Boeing 787-8: 1 of 12
  • Boeing 787-9: 3 of 27
  • Boeing 787-10: 12 of 12


The New Polaris Experience

For United Airlines it was more than just introducing new seats, it was a whole new Polaris experience. You get better seats, better food, better amenity kits and better lounges, called Polaris Lounge.


Airports with Polaris Lounge

These airports have a Polaris Lounge at the moment.

  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)


And these airports will open a Polaris Lounge in the future

  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Tokyo Narita (NRT)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD)



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Frequently Asked Question

How many United Airlines planes are equipped with new Polaris seats?

In total 107 airplanes are currently equipped with the new Polaris cabin. All Boeing 777-300ER; 12 Boeing 787-10; 3 Boeing 787-9;  1 Boeing 787-8; 29 of 38 Boeing 767-300ER and 41 of 51 Boeing 777-200ER

How many destinations are operated by the new United Polaris cabin?

Over 20 destinations in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Middle East and Oceania are operated by the airplanes with new Polaris seats installed.


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3 comments on “United Polaris new Business Class routes

  1. Aaron Heilbrun

    Just curious why Polaris routes to South America were not included in the worldwide mapping? Polaris is available to Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Maybe Peru as well? I saw it on a banner in the Polaris lounge. Thanks!


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