Last week I was flying from out of Houston and decided to use a soon to be expired Confirmed Regional Upgrade Region 1...err Premier Regional Upgrade I think they're called now... to upgrade my flight since I was scheduled to be on a 767. The plane was a former Continental aircraft with what I assumed to be the (early?) 90s-era BusinessFirst seat. While these seats are comfy enough, they are not as nice as either of the United Business or new Continental Businessfirst seat. However, I actively avoid these older when looking to book premium awards to Europe because there is just better hard products out there....which makes things tough as it seems like most of United's flights to Europe out of Houston that I'm interested in are on the 767.
Well much to my surprise as I checked in for this flight, I saw on the seatmap little icons showing the lie-flat seats. I had heard that they had started refurbing the BusinessFirst cabins on these former Continental flights but now it was a reality for me today on my flight.
Upon boarding the flight attendant greeting the plane was talking about how this was the new refurbished cabin. Indeed it was nice. In general I am a fan of the Continental BusinessFirst seat. I find it nicer than the United Business seat but not as nice as the United Global First seat. (Hey I just feel lucky to be in any other above!) I'll give you a look at some of the pictures. I am not sure when all the 767 former Continental planes will have these new seats but it can't happen fast enough if you ask me! I think that I read somewhere that all the Continental 767s that will be done will be done by the end of 2012 but this might very well be incorrect.
Incidently it almost seemed like the newly outfitted plane motivated the Flight Attendants to give great service. It seemed like they were serving passengers drinks etc for nearly the whole flight and not just the first third (followed by the all too often disappearing act for the rest of the flight).
These are some of the pictures I was able to get of the cabin. I used my mobile phone to take them, so the quality and light may not be the best.
When traveling alone, the center seat can not be beat.