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 Feb 5, 19, 2:36 pm
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The information you want is here - Seating guide: Boeing 787-8/9

It's definitely worth your while asking for the cost to upgrade to world traveler plus or club world at the airport, depending on availability an upgrade to WTP would usually be significantly cheaper than $4k.
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Old Feb 5, 19, 2:56 pm
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I've no experience of economy on the 789 which is reported as cramped but 43 seems to have a little extra room to the side. However if you get the chance to pay for exit seats that would be worth it in my view. As above if you get a chance to upgrade to World Traveller Plus it's worth it. There is a thread on upgrades in the main forum dashboard.

Your ticket mat fall into a category where you might be able to use Avios to upgrade which is subject to availability.

also a warm welcome to Flyertalk and the BA board DawnR1969
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Old Feb 5, 19, 3:13 pm
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Welcome to Flyertalk and welcome to the BA forum jcr67, it's good to see you here, thank you for the question.
Thank you! And thanks for your reply.

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I'm guessing you are concerned about being boxed into 13K, but personally I think it's a good seat and a lot more open than say the E seats. 6B and J are aisle seats so that loses the privacy altogether and you're still looking a bulkhead and in a smaller cabin. So I'm not sure why you would prefer these if privacy was a factor. Have you had previous CW experience in windows versus aisle?
Yes, it's only the width of the space I am concerned about in 13K. I'm worried that if it feels too hemmed in sideways, I might be in for 12 hours of hell. But everything else about that seat makes it the best choice for me.
The smaller cabin of row 6/7 would not be a problem - I would like that. No claustro from that. I have had experience with 6D equivalent in CW - but about 7 years ago, on a 777 or 767, from memory. Pretty bad for Bus Class really. The lack of privacy on the aisle is not good - but that is all. Looking at the bulkhead would be fine. And no interference from other passengers in 6B/D/J etc either.
So....decisions.
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Just remember exit rows have fixed armrests and are slightly narrower so if hes quite wide as well as tall this could be more uncomfortable.
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Old Feb 5, 19, 3:21 pm
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Yes, it's only the width of the space I am concerned about in 13K.
In which case there is no difference on any seat as constructed, they are all identical dimensions. Clearly you would have the fuselage along the side, but if that is the issue then go, paradoxically, for the E seats since they have privacy and more width. Not from the seat itself but just from the edging around the seat where the E seats have a few cm more space than any other CW seat on that aircraft. You're trading off privacy with visual access of the aisle area from what you are saying, and that essentially works against each other. Personally I think 13K is a great seat, and so is 13E. I would need a lot of persuading to go to 6B due to the lack of privacy and the swishing First curtain directly in front. But that lack of privacy then gives sideways openness.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
In which case there is no difference on any seat as constructed, they are all identical dimensions. Clearly you would have the fuselage along the side, but if that is the issue then go, paradoxically, for the E seats since they have privacy and more width. Not from the seat itself but just from the edging around the seat where the E seats have a few cm more space than any other CW seat on that aircraft. You're trading off privacy with visual access of the aisle area from what you are saying, and that essentially works against each other. Personally I think 13K is a great seat, and so is 13E. I would need a lot of persuading to go to 6B due to the lack of privacy and the swishing First curtain directly in front. But that lack of privacy then gives sideways openness.
Hmmm....now you have me thinking about 13E (or 7E? - that may be noisier from the galley/toilets?). If it's a few cm extra elbow width than in 13K, that may be the deciding factor. Do you have control of both L and R privacy screens?
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Hmmm....now you have me thinking about 13E (or 7E? - that may be noisier from the galley/toilets?). If it's a few cm extra elbow width than in 13K, that may be the deciding factor. Do you have control of both L and R privacy screens?
The WC isn't obvious from 7E. There is some online comment that row 13 may get noise from any infants in the WTP bassinets (on the other side of the partition) but it hasn't happened to me, so far.

The thing is that both 13E and 7E are very private - yes you can control the screens on both side, another unique feature about the seat - and you have two exit routes too. However it is boxed in on all sides when the screens are up, so I guess for some people it wouldn't be suitable. I guess claustrophobia affects different people in different ways. But yes, if it's width you are after it's going to be the E seats. Moreover if one of the two outer seats remains empty - and row 13 would be the most likely for that - then you can choose to keep that screen down (or not) and use the empty seat for storing things.
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The WC isn't obvious from 7E. There is some online comment that row 13 may get noise from any infants in the WTP bassinets (on the other side of the partition) but it hasn't happened to me, so far.

The thing is that both 13E and 7E are very private - yes you can control the screens on both side, another unique feature about the seat - and you have two exit routes too. However it is boxed in on all sides when the screens are up, so I guess for some people it wouldn't be suitable. I guess claustrophobia affects different people in different ways. But yes, if it's width you are after it's going to be the E seats. Moreover if one of the two outer seats remains empty - and row 13 would be the most likely for that - then you can choose to keep that screen down (or not) and use the empty seat for storing things.
I think you have convinced me on 13E. But then again, 13J being empty may be almost as much of a possibility as 13D/F? But I do thing width will be the issue - it's mostly in the dark, so windows not that much use.
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Hi, any thoughts on 1AB on the 788 for a couple? We're doing a day flight from ICN to LHR. I can't see many mentions of these seats specifically in the thread but haven't gone through all 35 pages!
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Hi, any thoughts on 1AB on the 788 for a couple? We're doing a day flight from ICN to LHR. I can't see many mentions of these seats specifically in the thread but haven't gone through all 35 pages!
Have done these seats on LHR-CAI and back and they are perfectly ok for a couple. The galley is pretty much in front of you but not a big issue on a day flight. Obviously 1A will have to climb over 2B to get out and 1B might feel slightly exposed but will have no one climbing over you.
If you have choice of 1J/K, that is slightly more preferable due to being on the opposite side to the front toilets, but not much in it.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 8:24 am
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6 A definitely better than 7 A on 789

Recently travelled on 789 LHR to SCL. Travelled 6A/B out and 7A/B back.
While in 6A, you do have to climb over 7B to get out but you have direct aisle access from 7A.
However the constant flushing of the toilet behind 7A was a slight issue since you can feel the vibrations, I assume through the foot stool. Thankfully the smell from the toilet was not as bad as I thought it would be, however at times, you do get it.
If I have a choice, particularly on night flight, I would choose 6A. This is obviously a personal choice since I value a better night's sleep over the minor irritation of climbing over someone to get out of my seat.
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If I have a choice, particularly on night flight, I would choose 6A. This is obviously a personal choice since I value a better night's sleep over the minor irritation of climbing over someone to get out of my seat.
There's also 13A and 13K to consider too, these CW seats have direct aisle access. Some people can hear an engine whine in some locations in 787, personally I don't notice it but you're unlikely to pick it up in row 13. Personally I think 7A is a better seat than 6A.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
There's also 13A and 13K to consider too, these CW seats have direct aisle access. Some people can hear an engine whine in some locations in 787, personally I don't notice it but you're unlikely to pick it up in row 13. Personally I think 7A is a better seat than 6A.
Prefer the mini- cabin, so discounted 13A/K. As for choice of seats, everyone has their own choice and preference. That's the beauty of FT.
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Have done these seats on LHR-CAI and back and they are perfectly ok for a couple. The galley is pretty much in front of you but not a big issue on a day flight. Obviously 1A will have to climb over 2B to get out and 1B might feel slightly exposed but will have no one climbing over you.
If you have choice of 1J/K, that is slightly more preferable due to being on the opposite side to the front toilets, but not much in it.
Thanks. Sadly 1K is the only blocked seat on the entire flight!
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Does 1A on the 787-8 have a window that you can comfortably see out of?
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