Well NOTHING is as bad as the UPC code scanners used in a Gap on the new “Kelvin timeline” Enterprise! Might as well be the incandescent A319 lights.
Re: gwrudph, I actually noticed the cream colored bulkhead behind the purple PE seats too. I thought it looked wrong v the silver they should have used. But I also understand controlling expenses, especially when UA is already spending boatloads of money on capex all around. The cream may just be how they come from the supplier, it’s neutral and can go anywhere anytime and, really, other than us, no average person would notice or care.
The main seat color “seems” different too, like a dark eggplant vs the regular UA Blue Economy seats. If so the eggplant color would indeed go better with purple headrests.
One of the first things I ALWAYS am curious about is the cost of a seat. I wonder how much these W seats cost and how much a Polaris seat costs. I realize when United purchases them in high numbers the unit cost would go down, but I usually flabbergasted at how much these seats do indeed cost. How many flights with a paying passenger it takes before simply breaking even on the cost of one seat.
I wonder even how much the “constellation” lighting in the entry of the Polaris Lounge at EWR cost. It’s not easy to see the details in photos- but up close that lighting fixture must have been a small fortune all by itself. As a designer myself, I’m impressed with UA for approving the P.O. for that!
The cream colored laminate on the back of the bulkhead walls and sidewalks is the old UA standard laminate that Boeing delivered them in. Well, they are not actually even cream, they are sorta taupe with a cream print design (almost looking like sponge paint). While i can see why it would be very expensive to replace the sidewalks, re-covering the back of those bulkhead walls with a new laminate wouldn't be that expensive relatively speaking.
While I agree with you that the average person wouldn't notice that detail, it does give it a mixed and old look and feel. That's where I think United always cheaps out when they do refurbs. They do 95% of the job, leaving it with an overall old look and feel!