What it’s like to fly business class on United Airlines’ historic new flight to Amman, Jordan

On the maiden flight, the Polaris cabin was certainly new and luxurious. Each of the 44 business class seats has direct aisle access. My seat – 3L – also had a view of the window, which had the Dreamliner’s auto-tint feature instead of a manual blind. I felt well cared for as soon as I got on the plane. The flight attendants greeted all Polaris passengers by name, offered a welcome drink, and then helped us settle in for the evening flight.

In addition to business class seats, the 787s flying the Amman route also have 21 comfortable seats in United’s Premium Plus cabin (the airline’s premium economy product), 54 seats in Economy Plus and 199 in Economy. .

Shortly after takeoff at 9 p.m., dinner is served. On its Jordanian route, United offers halal meal options. I ordered the fried miso tofu with red quinoa, which was filling and delicious. Other options included seared swordfish in a basil cream sauce, herb-roasted chicken breast with lemon-thyme demi-glace, and khatta meetha kaddu with a lemon lentil dal. The stewardess set up my tray table with a tablecloth and a tray of real crockery. For dessert, I opted for a selection of three delectable cheeses and another glass of wine, a delicious Spanish white.

After dinner, I put my seat in lie-flat mode and curled up for a few hours of sleep. Each Polaris seat is roomy and measures six-foot-six inches long in recumbent mode, so it’s easy to get comfortable. Each Business Class passenger receives bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue, which includes a plush pillow, a smaller gel pillow, and a comforter. Additional benefits are also available on request, including a mattress topper, a set of pajamas and fleece-lined slippers, which make the seat particularly comfortable. Once my bed was installed, I fell asleep until breakfast. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for the evening in Amman (the eastbound leg of the route lands at 4pm local time).

The ability to take an American airline to Jordan will make travel to this bucket-list-worthy country more accessible and easy to reach for most American travelers. “Capitals tend to be the first place travelers visit when visiting a new country for the first time,” said Ethan Goldridge, deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, when launching the route. “This new flight between Washington and Amman will provide Jordanians and Americans alike with new opportunities to experience the richness of our two capitals and serve as a gateway to the rest of our beautiful countries.”

The Amman route is one of many new flight launches coming this summer for United, in what “will be the biggest transatlantic expansion ever,” Quayle said. The airline is experiencing 25% growth, adding six new transatlantic routes and taking over 18. Atlantic.’ Under this expansion plan, three of the routes from New York-Newark will be to destinations that are not currently served by no other US airline: Bergen, Norway, from May 20; Palma de Mallorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands from June 2; and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands from June 9.

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