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 Mar 14, 19, 10:30 am
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7A would have direct aisle access (ie no feet to climb over), a window and nobody stepping over you. Most on here seem to agree 7A/K are the most sought after Club seats on the B789.

13A/K have the same benefits but come with a health warning that the WTP bassinet position is on the other side of the wall.
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
What's my best shot here? Solo traveller. 787-9.

I'm thinking 6D and hope that E remains empty? I think it's just F forward with no galley between (as it's right at the front)? Nobody jumping over my legs a relative must, while most toilet trekkers will be from rows 10-13 behind and thus not in the way.

Let me know if I'm making a terrible mistake...
7A most definitely
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Switching now. Not a fan of backwards, but everything you've said makes sense. So long as I can't feel the loo flushing each time!
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Beware that 7A may not be a good seat for a daytime flight going towards the US as the window will not go dark enough to block out the sun – so it gets really hot and you may experience severe glare on the IFE screen. For overnight flights or daytime in another direction, this is without doubt the best Club seat on the 789.
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Old Mar 16, 19, 5:35 am
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Hi Folks We have a long night flight in the future on a BA 787 9 economy and wondering as a couple if people would recommend the exit row 30 or 43 right at the back with twin seat?
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If you are not especially tall I would choose row 43, the seats have more space width wise and you will have a more peaceful flight away from the queue for the tiolet.
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we are not tall 5:8 and 5:1 was just concerned about the toilet being just behind us if we take the seats in row 43...we have never flown on this aircraft thanks

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I don’t think it will be a problem, the toilet at row 30 would definitely be.
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2 of us travelling LHR-MEX-LHR in CW. We both like window seats so end up not sitting together on most flights.
We have a choice of:
LHR - MEX 6K/7K or 11K/12K
MEX - LHR - 6K/7K / 7A/7K / 11K/12K

At this stage I have gone with 6K/7K and 7A/7K - main concern is noise in the small front cabin - but no one seems to have raised that as an issue - would you agree on the choices made?

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Originally Posted by wijibintheair View Post

At this stage I have gone with 6K/7K and 7A/7K - main concern is noise in the small front cabin - but no one seems to have raised that as an issue - would you agree on the choices made?
In absolute terms the 787 is extremely quiet, the relative stuff is if your ears pick up noise from the gallley area. Though often mentioned here and elsewhere, it has never been a bother to me. 7A would be my preferred seat here, 7K is at risk of being deemed a crew seat, so I tend to avoid that one. If you're not so far off from departure it's unlikely that 7K will be taken off you, but if it's a long time away it's a bigger risk that they'll change it at some point.
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CW 787-8 hand luggage?

Flying 787-8 CW, two of us each having a small rollaboard and a tote bag. (Both under the posted size limits for carryon).

The rollaboards will go in the overhead but from looking at the pictures and reading all these threads, I canít for the life of me figure out where one keeps a handbag. On Delta1 you have underseat storage but I donít see that being available on this config. We are in 3 J and K outbound, 1 J and K on the return. The main concern would be on the outbound which is an overnight flight and I wouldnít want to disturb other passengers by opening and closing the overhead bin.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
In absolute terms the 787 is extremely quiet, the relative stuff is if your ears pick up noise from the gallley area. Though often mentioned here and elsewhere, it has never been a bother to me. 7A would be my preferred seat here, 7K is at risk of being deemed a crew seat, so I tend to avoid that one. If you're not so far off from departure it's unlikely that 7K will be taken off you, but if it's a long time away it's a bigger risk that they'll change it at some point.
Thank you for the response - The flights are outbound early May and return middle May.....do you consider that a long time away?
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Thank you for the response - The flights are outbound early May and return middle May.....do you consider that a long time away?
Yes I would really, I would think you should be safe, but then I thought MEX was a route with a crew rest seat on it.
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Originally Posted by Marylou View Post
Flying 787-8 CW, two of us each having a small rollaboard and a tote bag. (Both under the posted size limits for carryon).

The rollaboards will go in the overhead but from looking at the pictures and reading all these threads, I can’t for the life of me figure out where one keeps a handbag. On Delta1 you have underseat storage but I don’t see that being available on this config. We are in 3 J and K outbound, 1 J and K on the return. The main concern would be on the outbound which is an overnight flight and I wouldn’t want to disturb other passengers by opening and closing the overhead bin.
I wouldn't worry too much about the disturbance, if someone is asleep it isn't likely to wake them compared to all the other things going on. There is a small tray on the floor under the TV unit, but unless you are over 6 ft I would just leave it at the end of the bed when in flat bed mode, and on the floor area of the CW seat when the bed is not laid flat. Seat 1J also has a little gap between the bulk head and foot-stall mounting and I have seen some people leave their handbags / man bags behind the mounting. I've also seen some people hang the bags from the coat hook at the back of the unit or off the TV screen pullout. The issue of a lack of space for personal items in CW is frequently raised here, particularly when, as here, there are no side bins along the seats.
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Only information for Summer 18 is available so it may well change for the next seasons. At present the use of a Club seat for flight deck rest is as follows:

NRT, ICN, MAA, MEX, GIG and LAX - 7K is designated as a crew rest seat

SCL and KUL - 7K and 7J are designated due to four flight deck crew

The seats are only soft blocked and will be used for commercial reasons such as overselling and service recovery before being used as crew rest.
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Thank you for the info, I'll try back next spring to get the heads-up on SJC for summer '19
Hi Folks - I'd appreciate an update if any of you know the current position with the flight deck crew having 7J/K for use during rest. Two of us are flying SJC-LHR on a 789 in June and, though I currently have 7J/K reserved, at this point I could switch to 7E/F or 13A/B if it was very likely that we'd get kicked out of 7J/K after all the best seats are taken!

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