Newark’s Terminal A opened to much fanfare, though it was lacking amenities like an airport lounge, never mind the lack of an AirTrain stop. Then again, the entire Newark AirTrain is overdue for a full replacement.
The terminal is big and beautiful with automated ID checks and plenty of TSA capacity, truly a massive improvement over the decrepit Terminal A that it replaced, and now it’s getting amenities to boot.
United’s new club near gate A27 features 15,000 square feet of space, with more than 300 seats. That’s about half the size of the new Terminal C club, though United’s operations from Terminal A are much smaller than in Terminal C. Like the C club, it features self-scan entry gates and local touches. The club will feature Air Canada and United customer service reps and it will even feature a wellness room that travelers can use for prayer or meditation.
The club’s hours will be from 5am-9:15pm.
United also announced a new domestic first class seat. The new seats feature 13″ screens and 18″ tray tables, Bluetooth connectivity, privacy screens and an ergonomist-designed cushion. The airline expects the new seat to be on 200 domestic planes by 2026, including 737 NGs, A321neos and 737 MAXs.
Each seat will feature wireless, AC, and USB-C charging. The wireless charger is located in a compartment of the armrest to give the passenger line-of-sight to notifications and free their hands and tray table.
I’m not a big fan of wireless charging, as your phone won’t charge when you want to pick it up and use it, but it is convenient to not have to plug in. This implementation of it seems pretty good as it should be able to stay in place while you rest.
The new seats will feature an 11 x 19-inch divider, which is great for when you’re flying solo, but less great with family and friends as it can’t be lowered.
All-in-all though, it looks like a nice upgrade!