In August 2018, United was rumored to be installing lie-flat seats on their upcoming Boeing 737 MAX 10s. Now, it looks like those rumors are true.
United Airlines will install 22 lie-flat herringbone seats arranged in a 1-1 configuration, meaning all seats will face the aisle and have direct aisle access.
According to the source, United will install these lie-flat seats on 50 of 100 737 MAX 10s currently on order.
These 737 MAX 10s will replace 15 of United’s old domestic transcontinental 757-200s, which currently have 28 lie-flat seats meaning there will be a drop in premium capacity.
However, with less capacity means more flights and frequencies, which will cater to business passengers wanting flexibility with travel.
From what it looks like, United will install the new Thompson Vantage Solo, becoming the launch customer of the seat.
Images by United Airlines/Boeing and Thompson Aero
The 737 MAX 10 is advertised to have 3,300 nmi of range, so from United’s Newark hub it can easily reach all of the U.S. and potentially Europe depending on the configuration.
This is a very special business class specifically meant for premium routes so it’ll be interesting to see what United does with the aircraft aside from replacing the transcon 757s.