I’m a nervous flyer. But I used to be blessed, or cursed, with an intense love for traveling.
And so I used to be never going to show down the possibility to check out United’s ‘Polaris’ business-class cabin on its recent route from Newark Airport in Latest Jersey to Palma de Mallorca, Spain. But I needed to numb my anxiety beforehand with a couple of drinks within the impressive United Polaris Lounge.
It’s considered one of six that Chicago-headquartered United operates in the usand is on the market to passengers before take-off and after landing.
The Polaris cabin – named after the North Star – has seats designed by United in partnership with London-based Acumen Design Associates and PriestmanGoode, and manufactured by Zodiac Seats UK
A stack of goodies to make the journey more comfortable awaited Andrea, who admits to being a nervous flyer
Andrea settles into her seat with a glass of Champagne, an eight-hour flight to Palma ahead of her (left). All of the seats within the Polaris cabin have aisle access (right)
There’s an a la carte menu and buffet to take pleasure in and, as I discovered, margaritas.
I sipped my way through a trio of them while having fun with a surprising view of planes taking off and disappearing into the multi-colored Latest Jersey sunset.
The beverages worked their magic and I used to be in a way more relaxed mood as I used to be warmly welcomed on board a Boeing 767-300 that might take just eight hours to succeed in Mallorca, versus the common of 15 with layovers.
The Polaris suite is, in response to United, the results of 12,000 hours of research
The Polaris seats are ‘nested’, cleverly angled into one another
The turn-left Polaris cabin – named after the North Star – has seats designed by United in partnership with London-based Acumen Design Associates and PriestmanGoode, and manufactured by Zodiac Seats UK.
The seats are ‘nested’, cleverly angled into one another, and provides everyone aisle access, which Acumen CEO Ian Dryburgh told MailOnline Travel was the ‘Holy Grail’ of any business-class cabin design.
The Polaris suite is, in response to United, the results of 12,000 hours of research.
Was it time well-spent? Definitely.
I’m 5ft 11in and had loads of leg-room, with the seat reclining all the best way all the way down to a 6ft 6in bed.
I excitedly removed my sneakers, placed on the complimentary slippers and elevated my feet on the padded footrest.
We took off and Latest Jersey was replaced by blue and lilac cotton-candy clouds as I sipped Champagne.
Then it was time to research my United amenity kit, which is well-considered for lengthy flights.
In my travel-size kit, I discovered lip balm, earplugs, a sleep mask, face and hand cream, a toothbrush, and a really cute presentation of mini Colgate, face cloths and tissues.
While watching Uncharted on the 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen (left) Andrea tucked into a night meal of ras el hanout-drizzled fennel flan croquettes with creamy basil herb sauce, forest mushrooms and garlic roasted tomatoes
And for breakfast within the sky? Gruyere-cocotte egg; smoked turkey bacon and tomato hollandaise sauce with butter; yogurt with turmeric granola and blueberries, and a croissant
While watching Uncharted on the 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen I tucked into a night meal of ras el hanout-drizzled fennel flan croquettes with creamy basil herb sauce, forest mushrooms and garlic roasted tomatoes, followed by vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and brownie pieces.
Post-dinner I wrapped myself within the Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and fell asleep, vaguely registering considered one of the pilots issuing a warning that turbulence lay ahead.
I used to be too snug to care.
Andrea describes the United amenity kit (left) as well-considered for lengthy flights. It accommodates lip balm, earplugs, a sleep mask, face and hand cream, a toothbrush, a ‘cute’ mini Colgate, face cloths and tissues (right)
Left is Andrea’s dessert on the flight to Palma – vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and brownie pieces. Pictured right is her dinner on the return flight – herb-infused chicken, feta cheese, edamame and raisins salad with grilled cucumbers and macaroni and cheese, and a salad of fresh cauliflower, grapes, peach and sliced almonds
Andrea writes: ‘I’m 5ft 11in and had loads of leg-room, with the seat reclining all the best way all the way down to a 6ft 6in bed’
The Polaris suites feature ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs, mood lighting and one-touch lumbar support
The ‘impressive’ United Polaris Lounge at Newark Airport. While there, Andrea enjoyed a trio of margaritas to sooth her nerves
The breathtaking view of Mallorca’s scenery from the airplane window (left) and a United 767-300 at Palma Airport (right)
For breakfast, I enjoyed a fine-dining-worthy gruyere-cocotte egg; smoked turkey bacon and tomato hollandaise sauce with butter; yogurt with turmeric granola and blueberries, and a croissant.
And before touching down I welcomed a warm and robust black coffee, served in a mug (just the best way, as a Colombian, I prefer it).
I emerged into the Mallorcan sunshine feeling well-rested and reflected on what my eight hours’ price of research on Polaris told me – that it’s about as comfortable because it’s possible to get at 38,000ft.
And with attentive staff, delicious meals and thoughtful amenities, United’s Polaris cabin really is a stellar offering.
Return fares from Latest York/Newark to Palma de Mallorca with United Airlines start at $630 (£520) for economy class (inclusive taxes) and $5,579 (£4,635) Polaris business (inclusive taxes).
United’s direct flights to Palma shall be operating until September 22, 2022.
United customers within the U.S. can book flights by visiting united.com or contacting United Reservations on 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) or their travel agent.
Polaris seating is on the market on United services between London Heathrow and Latest York/Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Polaris suite features:
- Forward-facing, all-aisle-access
- 180-degree lie flat seats with as much as 6ft 6in of bed space
- ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs
- Mood lighting
- One-touch lumbar support
- Multiple storage areas, including under-ottoman storage available during taxi, take-off and landing
- Multiple surfaces for working and dining
- 16-inch high-definition entertainment screens with gate-to-gate entertainment
- Universal AC power and USB outlets
- Electronic privacy dividers between seats within the centre of the cabin
While in Mallorca, Andrea stayed on the Castell Son Claret hotel. Click here for the total review.