Seating guide: Boeing 787-8/9

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Here is a guide as to the best and worst seats in First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller on the Boeing 787-8 and 787-9.

Registrations:

B788 - G-ZBJ*
B789 - G-ZBK*

Internal code:

B788 - 78B
B789 - 789

Please ask your questions here, and hopefully someone will be able to help!



B787-8 Configuration

Seating capacity: 35J/25W/154Y
Club World cabin: 2006
World Traveller Plus cabin: 2010
World Traveller cabin: 2010
In-flight entertainment: Thales

B788 seating comments:

As an aside note: The lavatories on the aircraft have handles to open, rather than a push the door mechanism (as found on the 777). The flush also uses a sensor rather than a button. This has potential to cause confusion at an inopportune moment.

B787-8 Club World:

The front CW cabin is quieter, and better for service than the mid cabin.

1 & 2 D/F: There is no overhead locker space, as it is taken up by the crew rest. The foot stools on these seats are also at risk of being bumped by a trolley, although they are semi-protected.



3A & K: These are the official C-W-S recommended seats. They have a little extra room, and direct aisle access, as well as good window views.
6A & J: These are recommended, as they are the longest, and offer the greatest legroom, as well as being ideally positioned for getting off the aircraft.
6D & F: These also offer an extra 3 inches of legroom.
7A & K: These have a little extra room, and direct aisle access. Ideal for those wishing to sleep. Unfortunately, these seats do only have 2 windows, one fewer than other seats.

B787-8 World Traveller Plus:

Passengers use the WT toilets, which does require a walk back through one of the WT cabins.
If you are worried about catering/meal options, it is recommended to sit towards the front of the cabin, as this is where the service starts.
An interesting video trip report can be found here.

10A-K: Recommended due to the extra legroom.

B787-8 World Traveller:

BA 787 Economy Class Comfort & Health Warning

Reviews for World Traveller on the BA 787 (and indeed many other airlines) seem to largely agree the experience is not pleasant, with 9 seats across in a cabin more ideally suited for 8. The seat is smaller than the WT seat fitted to any other BA aircraft, and this can be felt, especially if you have broader shoulders. Seat pitch is also tight, at only 31 inches. The rear 5 rows are reported to have a slightly tighter pitch than the others.

30 A & K are to be avoided: the emergency exit infringes on your personal space both at upper body and foot level.
30B-J: Recommended due to the extra legroom.
A, C, D, F, H, K seats: an IFE box is under the seat in front of you, which infringes on legroom. Please see the photograph below.





B787-9 Configuration

Seating capacity: 8F/42J/39W/127Y
First cabin: 2015
Club World cabin: 2006
World Traveller Plus cabin: 2010
World Traveller cabin: 2010
In-flight entertainment: Thales

B789 seating comments:

As an aside note: The lavatories on the aircraft have handles to open, rather than a push the door mechanism (as found on the 777). The flush also uses a sensor rather than a button. This has potential to cause confusion at an inopportune moment.

B787-9 First:

2K: Recommended by ThatT1Feeling. Quieter side of a/c and away from galley.
1E/F: Recommended for couples by All She Wrote.

B787-9 Club World:

7A/K: Recommended by CWS.

B787-9 World Traveller Plus:

No seats have limited recline.
21 A, B, J and K - Missing window (last window in cabin near row 20's head) + near toilets


B787-9 World Traveller:

The width of the WT seats on the B789 is marginally greater than on the B788 (owing to reduced aisle width on the former).

However...

BA 787 Economy Class Comfort & Health Warning

Reviews for World Traveller on the BA 787 (and indeed many other airlines) seem to largely agree the experience is not pleasant, with 9 seats across in a cabin more ideally suited for 8. The seat is smaller than the WT seat fitted to any other BA aircraft, and this can be easily felt, especially if you have broader shoulders.

A, C, D, F, H, K seats: an IFE box is under the seat in front of you, which infringes on legroom.
41A/K: No window.
43A/K: Increased space between seat & cabin wall.

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Old Nov 24, 18, 12:45 pm
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Does anyone have a photo of seats D and F in WTP on a 789... Trying to figure which has the most interfering IFE box for a solo traveller in a mid aisle seat. Thanks!
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Old Nov 24, 18, 12:46 pm
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Iím assuming this is on the 787/8? If so Iíve had this pair before. 6A steps over 7B for aisle access. Itís nice to be in the small two row cabin. I seem to remember there is a jump seat at door 2L that the crew use if they arenít doing other things. But the curtains are closed across the aisle so I donít feel disturbed by light.
My bad, I forgot to mention it is a 787/9 but I guess the mini cabin argument is still valid then.
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Old Nov 25, 18, 11:23 am
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I know economy is pretty dire on these birds, but if you're reasonably confident you can get the seat next to you blocked, is it doable for a short overnight (thinking of the YUL route specifically).
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Old Nov 25, 18, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
I know economy is pretty dire on these birds, but if you're reasonably confident you can get the seat next to you blocked, is it doable for a short overnight (thinking of the YUL route specifically).
No.
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Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
I know economy is pretty dire on these birds, but if you're reasonably confident you can get the seat next to you blocked, is it doable for a short overnight (thinking of the YUL route specifically).
Would be ok to do a short flight although for a night time, I probably wouldn't recommend it. Did LHR-CAI evening flight which was 4.5 hours in an exit row, which was just about bearable but a 6 hour overnight from Canada etc is not going to be pleasant.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
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Originally Posted by Dselvan View Post
Would be ok to do a short flight although for a night time, I probably wouldn't recommend it. Did LHR-CAI evening flight which was 4.5 hours in an exit row, which was just about bearable but a 6 hour overnight from Canada etc is not going to be pleasant.
Thanks both. Guess it'll have to be YYZ then!
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Old Nov 26, 18, 5:23 am
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Hi everyone ,

I have been through the thread and it seems that 7row is the best. Unfortunately it is already blocked but the rest of the cabin is open. I blocked 6A and B (traveling with GF) . Any particular reason not to take those ones over an other pair ?
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The aisle dog legs to the left a bit at the foot of 6B, so the seat feels more "in the aisle" than other aircraft. On my flight it was also very noisy as the F pax seemed to settle down late & the cc were incredibly noisy in their repeated visits to the lockers in front of 6C to get bedding etc, banging locker doors closed, a lot. I would certainly think twice about 6B in the future.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:37 am
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Hi there,

Travelling in the 787-9 in Club world with 2 adults, 1 child and 1 inlap infant.

I'm currently in 6A/6B and D, but wondering if I should switch the 6D seat to 7B, so it avoids my kids having to jump other other passengers feet, due to the diagonal cross over between 6A and 7B

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Did you choose a non bassinet position, wouldn’t 10ABD or 10FJK be better?
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
Did you choose a non bassinet position, wouldnít 10ABD or 10FJK be better?
I did think about it but the bassinets are like the rockers and my son has grown out of it and won't stay in it. We're on a day time flight so the infant will either sleep on my chest or I'll stay up and he'll sleep on the bed.



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Ok, I would stay in the same row but in my opinion the best seats would be 7DEF or 13DEF if you don’t need a window seat or 7ABD, 7FJK,13ABD, or 13FJK if you do.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:07 am
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I've got 20B in WT+ on a daytime flight next week and 13K for another daytime flight in CW in January.
Will mention both here even though there are probably snippets of info anyway....but something fresh is always good.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:09 am
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B787-9 Business Class Aisle Access?

Am I correct that the window seats in Row 13 (13A, 13K) have access to the aisle without climbing over the sleeping aisle seat passenger? Any other rows in business that have similar aisle access from window seats? Not being a monkey, I don't like climbing over others or having others climb over me :-)

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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:12 am
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Originally Posted by RideThe22A View Post
Am I correct that the window seats in Row 13 (13A, 13K) have access to the aisle without climbing over the sleeping aisle seat passenger? Any other rows in business that have similar aisle access from window seats? Not being a monkey, I don't like climbing over others or having others climb over me :-)

Thanks so much.
You are correct. Also 7A/7K in the front cabin on the 787-9 but I believe 7K is used as a crew rest seat on some routes.

13A/K the view is not much unless you like wings, but it's still a seat I've chosen and been happy with.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:42 am
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Watching the wing flexing is really cool

I've seen the views of LA, the polar regions etc. a few times now so a bit of an obstructed view won't affect me too much.
Sometimes the wing makes for a good frame of reference in photos especially when the plane is turning over population areas.
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