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Old Jul 5, 13, 9:31 am   #1
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Trip Report : Flyertalk goes on board the new BA Boeing B787 Dreamliner

British Airways very kindly extended an invitation to Flyertalk to visit the Heathrow engineering base this morning to take a look at the new 787 Dreamliner, recently delivered from Boeing.

Here's a few shots from the visit. Please feel to post any questions and I'll endeavour to answer.

Enjoy.
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Old Jul 5, 13, 9:31 am   #2
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The Dreamliner













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Old Jul 5, 13, 9:32 am   #3
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The Interior

Moving from front to back

The cabin layout is

(door 1) - Club World - (door 2) - Club World - World Traveller Plus - World Traveller - (door 3) - World Traveller (door 4)


Club World cabin (first of 2 CW cabins) 2 - 3 - 2







Looking forward







Club World cabin (second of 2 CW cabins) 2 - 3 - 2




World Traveller Plus cabin 2 - 3 - 2







World Travaller cabin (first of 2 WT cabins) 3 - 3 - 3




World Traveller cabin (second of 2 WT cabins) 3 - 3 - 3





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Old Jul 5, 13, 9:34 am   #4
 
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The Club World coffin looks horrifically claustrophobic, as predicted.
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Old Jul 5, 13, 9:47 am   #5
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Is the aisle in the WT cabin as narrow as it looks in those pictures?
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The Club World coffin looks horrifically claustrophobic, as predicted.
After the 2 window seats, I think this would be my preference over an aisle seat
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is that the final in service flooring in the WT cabin? looks rather drab and shiny!

ahh see the plastic covers now.

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is that the final in service flooring in the WT cabin? looks rather drab and shiny!
The floor is covered with a fine plastic film to protect the carpet. This is often used when aircraft are in the engineering area for obvious reasons.
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Great pics

The new Club World colour scheme looks good, although I do think the cabin is rather crowded in 2-3-2 format.

WTP looks like a nice small cabin, but those WT seats look incredibly narrow.
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Old Jul 5, 13, 10:22 am   #10
 
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British Airways very kindly extended an invitation to Flyertalk
Didn't see my invite

Guess it was a selective invite, MODS only I guess
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Old Jul 5, 13, 10:29 am   #11
 
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Are the windows in WT as big as they look?
Nice pics

Edit (I know the windows are the same size but the WT pic made them look exceptionally big)
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CW seat recommendations

Having seen the CW cabin firsthand, would you have any advice for us on best seat seat options for solo travellers, in particular the best window seats?
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Thanks for the pics Oxon Flyer

Did you by any chance happen to try the 'new' CW footstool?

I can see the mounting arrangement is different in some of your pics and from the BA promo material but am curious if it is 'improved' or really improved.

Any comment/other pic not posted that would show this?

Also, the middle sole seat in Club, did you happen to sit in one and see if the extra room on the side is flush when flat or if it is raised above the seat? Did you get a chance to open the drawer at the bottom one can see in your pics? (not the normal CW drawer, rather the new additional one).

Thanks. Can't wait to fly these birds.
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Thanks for the pics Oxon Flyer

Did you by any chance happen to try the 'new' CW footstool?

I can see the mounting arrangement is different in some of your pics and from the BA promo material but am curious if it is 'improved' or really improved.
We were told in training the footstool now only has 3 positions....

Fully up and horizontal: aligned with the flat bed for sleeping.
Fully down and horizontal: for use as a foot stool.
Z-Position: stool at the bottom of the track and angled up, seat set to Z-Position (my preferred way of watching a movie whilst sipping a G&T, when on my jollies I should add)

It seems it is all the interim positions that are no longer possible.
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Old Jul 5, 13, 11:06 am   #15
 
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British Airways very kindly extended an invitation to Flyertalk to visit the Heathrow engineering base this morning to take a look at the new 787 Dreamliner, recently delivered from Boeing.
Appreciate the photos which are great to see and give a feel of the new bird, but I've got to (humbly and politely) ask - and by all means decline from replying: where was this invitation and to whom was it extended?

Don't expect BA to extend it to all board members, but just for the sake of transparency, would be good to know.

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