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 29, 18, 7:09 am
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Thanks guys. Since I'm flying IAD-LHR overnight, I'll take a pass on wing watching. I booked 7K as it was available on my flight.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 9:46 am
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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).

I did 12 hours to Kulu Lumper in 43J which to be honest was ok for shoulder space. Leg room was tight. Also I could spread out and actually fit my legs under the seat as I had two free seats. The guy who put the video box under the seat should be shot.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 10:09 am
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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).
Late to this question, but I'd go somewhat against the grain here and say yes. I cut my BA teeth on this very route down the back of a 788, doing the trip several times a year. I quite often got an empty seat beside me, and I survived long enough to find FlyerTalk

To be fair, I would caveat my answer somewhat, and I'm taking a fairly broad interpretation of your concept of "doable". In my case:

- I'm about 5' 11", and somewhat "broader" (i.e, fatter!) than I should be. Legroom was tolerable but only just. People over 6ft would likely find it much less so
- As many people will point out, width is a key issue on these seats. I do tend to sit quite upright and with arms and shoulders in so I don't personally find that too onerous even when the seat next to me was occupied. Obviously when blocked it was fine.
- I would never describe myself as "bright-eyed" or well rested when disembarking, but equally I did this flight many times and wasn't reduced to a hunchbacked cripple.

Would I choose to fly it these days? It's not my first choice, I can generally find an acceptable T/E fare in the WTP cabin which is altogether more pleasant. But equally I would not go too far out of my way to avoid it if the flight timings and route were the best choices. (In fact, due to only W being left for WTP I do once again find myself down the back of a 788 for an upcoming flight to YYZ, I'm sure I will greet it like an old friend )

ETA: 38D/F are my seat recommendations if no exit rows available. Far enough back that seat blocking has a good chance of working, and the last row in the center 3 to have lockers above it.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
Late to this question, but I'd go somewhat against the grain here and say yes. I cut my BA teeth on this very route down the back of a 788, doing the trip several times a year. I quite often got an empty seat beside me, and I survived long enough to find FlyerTalk

To be fair, I would caveat my answer somewhat, and I'm taking a fairly broad interpretation of your concept of "doable". In my case:

- I'm about 5' 11", and somewhat "broader" (i.e, fatter!) than I should be. Legroom was tolerable but only just. People over 6ft would likely find it much less so
- As many people will point out, width is a key issue on these seats. I do tend to sit quite upright and with arms and shoulders in so I don't personally find that too onerous even when the seat next to me was occupied. Obviously when blocked it was fine.
- I would never describe myself as "bright-eyed" or well rested when disembarking, but equally I did this flight many times and wasn't reduced to a hunchbacked cripple.

Would I choose to fly it these days? It's not my first choice, I can generally find an acceptable T/E fare in the WTP cabin which is altogether more pleasant. But equally I would not go too far out of my way to avoid it if the flight timings and route were the best choices. (In fact, due to only W being left for WTP I do once again find myself down the back of a 788 for an upcoming flight to YYZ, I'm sure I will greet it like an old friend )

ETA: 38D/F are my seat recommendations if no exit rows available. Far enough back that seat blocking has a good chance of working, and the last row in the center 3 to have lockers above it.
Thanks for the very detailed answer! I'm 5'8, and average build, so leg room would be even less of an issue than yourself, especially if I can put my legs sideways with an empty middle seat--it's the width issue that worries me, and was certainly what put me off these planes on my first and most recent trip on one (albeit Norwegian's).

I've been looking at the loadings on expert flyer recently on this route, though, , and it always seems there's loads of empty seats at the back, which is what motivated my original question. Speaking of exit rows, what's the deal with 30A and F. They show up as red on BA Source.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
Speaking of exit rows, what's the deal with 30A and F. They show up as red on BA Source.
I'm going to guess you mean 30A and K? As I recall, the emergency exit door intrudes quite significantly into the cabin (There is a large bulge, which I assume contains the exit slide)

ETA: Just another info point, I was BA Bronze and Silver for the majority of these flights, and although I did not know Theoretical Seating was a thing back then, I definitely noticed an increase in empty seats beside me around row 38 once I hit Silver. I often traveled with a colleague who was also Silver but his preference was to be as far forward as possible. His success rate on a blocked seat was far lower.

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Old Nov 29, 18, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
I'm going to guess you mean 30A and K? As I recall, the emergency exit door intrudes quite significantly into the cabin (There is a large bulge, which I assume contains the exit slide)

ETA: Just another info point, I was BA Bronze and Silver for the majority of these flights, and although I did not know Theoretical Seating was a thing back then, I definitely noticed an increase in empty seats beside me around row 38 once I hit Silver. I often traveled with a colleague who was also Silver but his preference was to be as far forward as possible. His success rate on a blocked seat was far lower.
I did indeed mean K. That's annoying, as for sleeping I do like leaning against the fuselage if possible. But if I can get an empty middle row, that changes things a bit.

I'll hopefully hit gold by the end of the month, so that would increase my chances even further I think. Thanks again.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 2:38 pm
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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 donít need a window seat or 7ABD, 7FJK,13ABD, or 13FJK if you do.
Thank you really appreciate it.

Now to try and get the BA call center to change my seats as I have an infant but our flights are under three separate bookings....
Took me 50 minutes to get my seats allocated last time

Anyway enough of me grumbling, thanks again!
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Old Nov 30, 18, 8:34 am
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Flying CW LHR - SCL next week on 789. I've checked EF and see that 7JK are blocked and I can't select them as BAEC Gold. Is it normal for these to be blocked and are they likely to become available?
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They will not be available and will be used for flight crew rest.
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Hi everyone, I have just managed to book my first flight on a 787. The booking has automatically allocated 6J&K on the flight from LHR to SCL. Can anyone see any disadvantages to these seats?

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Just got notified (not by BA, of course) that our Summer LHR-YYZ got swapped from a 777 to a 789. Everything is open except for 6JK and the bassinet seats. Went with 7JK judging from the BA Source seat map. Anything I'm missing that would suggest another option?
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Old Dec 24, 18, 3:42 am
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Flying BA for the 1st time with my infant on 787-9 LHR-KUL overnight flight. Flying WT and the bassinet seat is no longer available. Which seat would be best for us? I am traveling alone with my infant.

I read that 43A/K has increased space between the seat and cabin wall, but there aren't seats 43A/K. Do they mean 43B/J?

These seats are next to the WC, would there be a lot of disturbance and smell?

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This is to note a couple of reports of engine noise and vibration in 7K (and this will probably also apply to 7A by analogy), so that some may want to avoid 7AK on a 788 - New BA Routes 2018: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (DUR)
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Originally Posted by Giasemaki View Post
I read that 43A/K has increased space between the seat and cabin wall, but there aren't seats 43A/K. Do they mean 43B/J?
I can't really help with WT advice here, but you are correct that they mean the B and J seats, the curvature removes the A and K seat. However it's not a great seat, the distance is too great to lean on, and as you say the WCs are near by. More problematic, I would have thought, is that the main galley for WT would expect a lot of visitors on such a long flight getting drinks and chatting to the crew. Personally given the long flight I really would try to get a WTP seat unless you are fairly small.

Welcome to Flyertalk, and welcome to the BA forum Giasemaki, it's great the see you here and I very much hope we will hear more from you. And if you are celebrating at this time of the year, Merry Christmas to you too.
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Old Dec 25, 18, 12:53 pm
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I can't really help with WT advice here, but you are correct that they mean the B and J seats, the curvature removes the A and K seat. However it's not a great seat, the distance is too great to lean on, and as you say the WCs are near by. More problematic, I would have thought, is that the main galley for WT would expect a lot of visitors on such a long flight getting drinks and chatting to the crew. Personally given the long flight I really would try to get a WTP seat unless you are fairly small.

Welcome to Flyertalk, and welcome to the BA forum Giasemaki, it's great the see you here and I very much hope we will hear more from you. And if you are celebrating at this time of the year, Merry Christmas to you too.
thank you so much for the warm welcome and advice! Unfortunately we don't have the budget for a WTP seat, unless there are other ways to acquire one, please do advise.

merry Christmas to you too.
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