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 Dec 30, 18, 8:35 am
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20F in 788

Does anyone have any experience/comments on row 20 in a 787-8? It would appear to be similar to row 30 - a bulkhead at the front of the WT cabin - but row 20 only has D/E/F and seems to be set forward from row 21 (which is a full row).

I've currently got 20F allocated on an overnight BOS-LHR. I realise that all the bulkhead seats will be even narrower than usual for a 788, due to the in-arm entertainment screen. I'm not especially tall, but do have broad shoulders. 10 hours on a day flight in a 787-9 to SJC, with a large person next to me, left my back with a nasty crick that took a couple of days to work out.

Any better options? Currently most of the WT cabin is available.

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Old Dec 30, 18, 8:48 am
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It’s a good seat, the only problem is that there maybe an infant and parent in the middle seat.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 3:23 pm
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It’s a good seat, the only problem is that there maybe an infant and parent in the middle seat.
Thank you CIHY! I’ll have to hope for the best...

Can anyone give any indication as to how narrow these bulkhead seats actually are, vs the regular 788 seats? Someone must have a photo/measurement (and if not, I’ll do it...)
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Old Jan 5, 19, 2:05 am
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​​​​Booked in WTP for a November flight to KL (on the B789) and wondering if anyone can advise the best way to bag a row 16 seat pair by the windows?

Appreciate these are currently blocked as bassinets however, on return through KUL last month these seats were also blocked. When I got onboard there were no babies at all in row 16. Is it likely they were assigned during check in at the airport?

Having seats in row 16 would really improve our experience on such a long sector. For a start, I wouldn’t have to climb on the centre arm rest to get out over Mrs SHT88T when the enivatable ‘full recliner’ sits in front of us, as has been the case on both of our previous WTP trips.

As always, any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Jan 5, 19, 2:47 am
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Originally Posted by SHT88T View Post
​​​​Booked in WTP for a November flight to KL (on the B789) and wondering if anyone can advise the best way to bag a row 16 seat pair by the windows?
This advice would apply to any bassinet seating, but in essence they are held back until OLCI, at which point these seats are fair game to anyone. There is a period from 72 hours to OLCI time when you can call in and ask to move to these seats, but it doesn't always work, it sometimes seems easier from 48 hours to 26 hours for some reason. In other cases an agent simply can't take the seats before OLCI no matter how hard they try, but that would also stop anyone else from getting those seats until OLCI too.
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Old Jan 5, 19, 4:49 am
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Many thanks corprotate-wages-slave. In the meantime we’ll stick with 17A/B and i’ll keep trying as often as possible 72 hours prior to departure.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 4:16 am
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Pair of us flying LHR-SCL (Santiago) in CW on 789 later this year. Cabin is fairly open both ways (just 7J/K blocked). Having looked through this thread it seems 7A/B are best pair remaining? How about 6A/B or J/K? I'm 6'4 so any extra space appreciated.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 4:24 am
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Row 6 is a normal row offering nothing extra, if you are on the wider side I would take or 7E plus either D or F as there is more side space with 7E, 7AB if you want a window with aisle access.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 4:28 am
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Thanks, I'll stick with 7AB. Extra width not a major concern especially if I manage to stick to the New Year's diet
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Old Jan 9, 19, 8:40 am
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One thing to note is if you are flying during the day across the Atlantic, you may not necessarily want to be in a window seat. I did that once to SJC and because the windows only tint but do not go completely black, the sun may still cause annoying reflections in the IFE screen. I also found that the window got really hot to touch. So for my next SJC flight I picked 7E over 7A and was much happier.

This is obviously down to personal taste. Being in 7A on the first trip gave me excellent views as the plane flew in over San Francisco and down towards San Jose. Swings and roundabouts. :-)
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Old Jan 9, 19, 6:52 pm
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My wife and I flew in 1E and 1F on a 789 from LHR to LAX at the weekend. Whilst it’s good for couples as the screen comes down, so easy to chat, or have eye contact, it’s not my favorite seat. When taking off and landing and the curtains are stowed, when looking straight ahead, you get the impression that 1/3 of the seat is out in the corridor as the galley entrance is offset a little. It’s fine when the curtains are drawn though.

I think I would much prefer the middle pair in row 2, but 2F is blocked as a bassinet seat when I was choosing seats when it was wide open.I was hoping to move to row back at T-72, or T-48, T-whatever, but about 30 days out, those seats were taken. I did fear that an infant was traveling in the cabin, but upon boarding my fears were unfounded. Not only did the occupants manage to snag the bassinet 30 days out, but they also decreed that buddy dinning was possible and the crew were happy to oblige them.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:54 am
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I like 16B or J in WTP+ 789. I have a pair of Christmas socks that have rubber on them. I clean them and only use them to fly. I thus can rest them on the bulkhead and actually get a very comfortable position half lying down.
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Originally Posted by SHT88T View Post
​​​​Booked in WTP for a November flight to KL (on the B789) and wondering if anyone can advise the best way to bag a row 16 seat pair by the windows?

Appreciate these are currently blocked as bassinets however, on return through KUL last month these seats were also blocked. When I got onboard there were no babies at all in row 16. Is it likely they were assigned during check in at the airport?

Having seats in row 16 would really improve our experience on such a long sector. For a start, I wouldn’t have to climb on the centre arm rest to get out over Mrs SHT88T when the enivatable ‘full recliner’ sits in front of us, as has been the case on both of our previous WTP trips.

As always, any advice would be greatly appreciated!
As a silver I can book them no peovlem.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 9:43 am
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First time on a 787-8. Heading to JNB.
Booked 7A for window with direct aisle access.
I cannot recommend this seat to someone of the same build as me. You have to be stick insect like to comfortably make the gap with dignity.

Much prefer upper deck on the 747.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 9:47 am
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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!
Hmmm... I booked 7K on a 787-9 for the same reason. Wonder how much weight I'll need to lose before attempting my escape???

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