As the 03 March 2012 Continental-United integration date moves closer, we are already seeing what the new "United" will look like in some stations. Philadelphia, for example, rolled out the new Continental-esque flight display screens for United flights last week.
Take a look:
Here's my observations:
- We no longer know how many seats remain on the flight and in each cabin of service; instead, economy, business, and first class will either show "Available" in green or "Full" in red
- We have lost the "Confirmed Awaiting Seats" screen, helpful when trying to gauge how oversold a flight is
- Though a matter of personal taste, we have lost the smooth interface of United, in favor of a more busy format with smaller text
- More advertisements--the blue Mileage Plus screen above flashed up between every other screen, meaning it took twice as long to get a look at the upgrade waitlist
Could things be worse? Absolutely. At least we still have a flight status screen, but it does seem like a step backwards. Hopefully a little tinkering will result in a screen that looks more like legacy United...