Business Plus


Two American heavyweights have announced plans for a ‘business plus’ category, upgrading the first row of business cabin with more perks and luxury in the sky.

Following the likes of Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand and JetBlue, for example, American Airlines and United Airlines want to give their business passengers the option of a little more.

American Airlines

American Airlines ‘Flagship Suites’ will boast all of the usual business class features with more: think privacy doors, more space, a memory foam pillow, larger screens and wireless charging and audio. Food and drink options will be the same as the rest of the business class offerings.

It’s not yet been announced how American Airlines will roll out this special category of seats.

United Airlines Plans

Following a survey sent to Mileage Plus members, United Airlines is ‘considering the introduction of a limited number of new seats within the Polaris business class cabin. These seats would be more spacious than the standard Polaris seats. In addition to the more spacious seat, United is exploring premium amenities that would only be offered to customers in the upgraded seats.”

Some survey responses asked for:

  • private check-in
  • being able to skip the airing list for a table in the Polaris Lounge dining room
  • being first to board the plane
  • a Press for Champagne button at the seat

As always, we’ll keep you posted on how these plans develop for both American Airlines and United Airlines.