United First / A319 / Denver-Sacramento

 
 

AIRLINE: United Airlines »

ROUTE: Denver to Sacramento

FLIGHT TIME: 2h 36m

DATE: February 9, 2019

AIRCRAFT TYPE: Airbus A319 »

CLASS OF SERVICE: United First »

SEAT: 2A

United only has one configuration of the A319, outfitted with 8 seats in United First, arranged in two rows of 2x2 seating. The Cabin is separated from United Economy Plus by a hard bulkhead. As a side note, the bulkhead is partitioned on the bottom, still allowing for under-seat stowage and ability to stretch legs for the passengers in the first row of United Economy Plus. Additionally, United plans to expand the premium cabin to 12 seats beginning sometime in 2019.

The flight attendants were incredibly attentive and personable throughout the flight. The hard product was comparable to other First Class products on domestic U.S airlines. My flight was mid-afternoon, between meal periods, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a formal snack service. It wasn’t a full meal, but was more than just peanuts or granola bars.

Overall Impression: United First is a very good product, both hard and soft. The seats were comfortable and reclined more than I was used to on domestic First Class seats (it did slide forward though, thus reducing my legroom). I was incredibly impressed with the soft product - especially receiving a hot towel and a formal snack on a tray.

 
My flight at the gate in Denver.

My flight at the gate in Denver.

The United First cabin on the A319 has two rows of seats, separated from the main cabin by a hard bulkhead.

The United First cabin on the A319 has two rows of seats, separated from the main cabin by a hard bulkhead.

From what I could tell, it seemed like there was slightly more legroom in Row 2 than in Row 1. I was actually in Seat 2A, but wasn’t paying attention to my boarding pass and sat in 2D at first, allowing for a variety of photos.

From what I could tell, it seemed like there was slightly more legroom in Row 2 than in Row 1. I was actually in Seat 2A, but wasn’t paying attention to my boarding pass and sat in 2D at first, allowing for a variety of photos.

Legroom in Seat 2D.

Legroom in Seat 2D.

Another angle of the legroom in Seat 2D.

Another angle of the legroom in Seat 2D.

Legroom in Seat 2A.

Legroom in Seat 2A.

People complain that seat pitch even in domestic First Class has decreased over the years, but it still offers plenty of legroom.

People complain that seat pitch even in domestic First Class has decreased over the years, but it still offers plenty of legroom.

There is no seat-back IFE on the A319.

There is no seat-back IFE on the A319.

Each seat has a small granite (it felt and sounded like real stone) table for drinks.

Each seat has a small granite (it felt and sounded like real stone) table for drinks.

Each seat also features a small storage bin and universal power adapter. I couldn’t find any USB charging ports however.

Each seat also features a small storage bin and universal power adapter. I couldn’t find any USB charging ports however.

United offers pre-departure beverage service.

United offers pre-departure beverage service.

Personalized seats in United First.

Personalized seats in United First.

Parked next to a 737 in Denver.

Parked next to a 737 in Denver.

Climbing out of cold and snowy Denver.

Climbing out of cold and snowy Denver.

Downtown Denver in the distance as we flew west.

Downtown Denver in the distance as we flew west.

United’s inflight WiFi included complimentary access to flight information, United.com, and in flight entertainment options.

United’s inflight WiFi included complimentary access to flight information, United.com, and in flight entertainment options.

Information about my flight.

Information about my flight.

I was surprised when the flight attendants came around with hot towels and took snack orders. I knew a meal wasn’t served on my flight, and I was just expecting small snacks. Of note - the FAs took snack requests from the front of the cabin to the back. The options were a cheese tray or chicken salad. I was the fifth of eight to place my request, and they were already out of the chicken salad. I’m not sure if they always take meal requests from front to back, but that is something to be aware of, that you might not have a choice once they reach your seat.

I was surprised when the flight attendants came around with hot towels and took snack orders. I knew a meal wasn’t served on my flight, and I was just expecting small snacks. Of note - the FAs took snack requests from the front of the cabin to the back. The options were a cheese tray or chicken salad. I was the fifth of eight to place my request, and they were already out of the chicken salad. I’m not sure if they always take meal requests from front to back, but that is something to be aware of, that you might not have a choice once they reach your seat.

The flight attendants were very attentive and constantly walked around with bottles of wine to keep passengers’ glasses full.

The flight attendants were very attentive and constantly walked around with bottles of wine to keep passengers’ glasses full.

I planned to choose the cheese tray from the start, even when I learned the chicken salad was gone. It definitely wasn’t as filling as a proper meal, but I honestly didn’t expect a formal snack like this (this was my first time in United First in nearly a decade).

I planned to choose the cheese tray from the start, even when I learned the chicken salad was gone. It definitely wasn’t as filling as a proper meal, but I honestly didn’t expect a formal snack like this (this was my first time in United First in nearly a decade).

Descending through a cloud layer on approach into Sacramento.

Descending through a cloud layer on approach into Sacramento.

On final approach into Sacramento.

On final approach into Sacramento.

While there was no seat-back IFE on the flight, passengers had the option of streaming free movies and TV shows to their personal devices. Of note, make sure to download the United App prior to turning off your phone on the ground. The flight attendants made an announcement about this prior to telling passengers to turn off their devices on the ground.

While there was no seat-back IFE on the flight, passengers had the option of streaming free movies and TV shows to their personal devices. Of note, make sure to download the United App prior to turning off your phone on the ground. The flight attendants made an announcement about this prior to telling passengers to turn off their devices on the ground.

 

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