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United Airlines’ Swanky(ish) New Boeing 737 MAXs | One Mile at a Time

Over the coming years, United Airlines will take delivery of well over 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, split between the 737 MAX 8, 737 MAX 9, and 737 MAX 10. While the airline is already flying the 737 MAX 9, United will commence service with the 737 MAX 8 in July. We now have more details about what we should expect from the interiors of these planes, and I’m impressed.

United’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 interiors

United Airlines has been incredibly tight-lipped about what to expect from its new Boeing 737 MAXs, and to this day hasn’t officially confirmed anything. However, United briefly published its Boeing 737 MAX 8 seatmaps online over the weekend, before removing them again.

We have no reason to believe that these seatmaps are inaccurate, and they gave us a lot of information about what we can expect from the plane. United’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will feature a total of 166 seats, including:

  • 16 first class seats, featuring 37″ of pitch
  • 54 Economy Plus seats, featuring 33-38″ of pitch
  • 96 economy seats, featuring 30″ of pitch
  • At every seat there will be seatback on-demand entertainment, personal device entertainment, power outlets, and Wi-Fi
United Airlines’ 737 MAX 8 seatmap

The most interesting development here is that United seems to be intending to install personal televisions at all seats on 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This is interesting since United is already flying dozens of Boeing 737 MAX 9s, and the airline elected not to install personal televisions on those aircraft.

Several weeks ago there were reports of United intending to retrofit existing older aircraft with personal televisions. Prior to that United seemed to be headed in the direction of eliminating seatback entertainment domestically, so it seems like the airline has had a change of heart.

This is quite a contrast to American’s 737 MAX 8s

While the differences are perhaps subtle, I think it’s interesting to contrast United’s new 737 MAX 8s to American’s 737 MAX 8s, since the…

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