The first of United’s new high density 777s has left its maintenance facility in Hong Kong and is headed back to North America where it will be placed into service. The aircraft will stop off in Guam and then Honolulu as it makes its way back to eventual entry in service.
This is the latest retrofit of the United 777 domestic* fleet, with 10-abreast down the back for 336 passengers, including Economy Plus and recycling some of the old business class seats back into service to provide a lie-flat experience for the 28 passengers flying up front.
On the plus side, no double middle seat in the old 2-5-2 layout. And the biz seats, while narrower, are flat which is good for passengers on the Guam flights and some of the redeyes it will serve. But the 10-abreast option in the back is definitely tighter. Hey, at least those cheering for domestic wide-body service get a little more of it.
*The configuration will also serve GUM-NRT which is not domestic, but the other scheduled routes are.
Thanks Stephan for the initial alert and FT for more details