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 17, 19, 4:16 pm
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You will be moved from 7JK, move now while you have a choice.
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
You will be moved from 7JK, move now while you have a choice.
Thanks for the advice, CIHY - I'll move then!

Is the front cabin worth taking 7E/F for, or would you recommend 13A/B for a couple?
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7E is a good seat if you want aisle access and more space.
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7E is a good seat if you want aisle access and more space.
Many thanks again - 7E/F it is.
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I have 7K on my MEX flight this coming week. Am I correct that by now, it is close enough that it is much less likely I'd get kicked out?
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I have 7K on my MEX flight this coming week. Am I correct that by now, it is close enough that it is much less likely I'd get kicked out?
I personally would have thought so, unless BA's own glitch has fallen through. I know on my last MEX, December approximately, 7K was blocked off and used by the flight crew; the trip before that, which was about a year ago it was blocked, not used and then used by a fare paying passenger at OLCI.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
I personally would have thought so, unless BA's own glitch has fallen through. I know on my last MEX, December approximately, 7K was blocked off and used by the flight crew; the trip before that, which was about a year ago it was blocked, not used and then used by a fare paying passenger at OLCI.
Thanks, fingers crossed. Yes, I have had other trips where it was blocked. On this one it was not and I'm hoping that they won't take it away with just a few days to go! (and 7A was taken when I booked or I would have gone to it to be on the safe side). It on my flight from MEX if it makes any difference so the shorter direction.
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With regards to flight crew rest seats, the Summer 2019 details are as follows:

One rest seat - 7K
  • BA0005/6 LHR-NRT-LHR
  • BA0018 ICN-LHR
  • BA0019/20 LHR-KIX-LHR
  • BA0036 MAA-LHR
  • BA0041/40 LHR-DUR-LHR
  • BA0051/50 LHR-JNB-LHR
  • BA0243 LHR-MEX
  • BA0249 LHR-GIG
  • BA0279 LHR-SJC
  • BA0281 LHR-LAX
Two rest seats - 7J & 7K
  • BA0033/34 LHR-KUL-LHR
  • BA0251/250 LHR-SCL-LHR
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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.
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With regards to flight crew rest seats, the Summer 2019 details are as follows:

One rest seat - 7K
  • BA0005/6 LHR-NRT-LHR
  • BA0018 ICN-LHR
  • BA0019/20 LHR-KIX-LHR
  • BA0036 MAA-LHR
  • BA0041/40 LHR-DUR-LHR
  • BA0051/50 LHR-JNB-LHR
  • BA0243 LHR-MEX
  • BA0249 LHR-GIG
  • BA0279 LHR-SJC
  • BA0281 LHR-LAX
Two rest seats - 7J & 7K
  • BA0033/34 LHR-KUL-LHR
  • BA0251/250 LHR-SCL-LHR
Apologies if this is a stupid question.....however, if this is, as it seems to me at least, an official policy that this seat is used as crew rest - why is it open for passengers to book? Surely it should be blocked off from the start and opened later, thus avoiding any frustrated passengers who have their seats moved?
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Originally Posted by Boeing77W View Post
With regards to flight crew rest seats, the Summer 2019 details are as follows:

One rest seat - 7K
  • BA0005/6 LHR-NRT-LHR
  • BA0018 ICN-LHR
  • BA0019/20 LHR-KIX-LHR
  • BA0036 MAA-LHR
  • BA0041/40 LHR-DUR-LHR
  • BA0051/50 LHR-JNB-LHR
  • BA0243 LHR-MEX
  • BA0249 LHR-GIG
  • BA0279 LHR-SJC
  • BA0281 LHR-LAX
Two rest seats - 7J & 7K
  • BA0033/34 LHR-KUL-LHR
  • BA0251/250 LHR-SCL-LHR
Fantastic intel ... thank you for sharing!

Since my flight is SJC-LHR, I'm relieved to see that 7K is only used as a are rest on LHR-SJC, so presumably I'm safe enough to keep 7J/K.

Thanks again.
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Sorry that was my fault, I read your post as SCL LHR, you will be safe in 7JK.
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Originally Posted by diamond club freeloader View Post
Fantastic intel ... thank you for sharing!

Since my flight is SJC-LHR, I'm relieved to see that 7K is only used as a are rest on LHR-SJC, so presumably I'm safe enough to keep 7J/K.

Thanks again.
Happy to help. One for the mods, I was thinking it might be useful for that information to be placed in the Wiki?
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Hi all

Flying to Chennai with my future wife on our honeymoon in December. Currently just bronze so no seat selection available to me just yet.

Couple of queries: would I be right in understanding that a window pair in the small second cabin (so rows 6 and 7) is what we should be aiming for? How likely are window pairs to last until T-7 when I can pick seats? Should I be stumping up £66 each now to secure them?

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Having flown 7A on popular advice, I didn't think it was a great choice. Too close to window (not good on day flight) and engine noise.
If you want to cocoon self then I'd find 7E preferable - aisle access middle with no leg jumping.
Personally I find the aisle more free, so will stick with 6D next time - no leg jumping, away from toilets, away from galley, away from engine noise.
Fortunately the flight was only about a third full, so I was able to move anyway.
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Having flown 7A on popular advice, I didn't think it was a great choice. Too close to window (not good on day flight) and engine noise.
If you want to cocoon self then I'd find 7E preferable - aisle access middle with no leg jumping.
Personally I find the aisle more free, so will stick with 6D next time - no leg jumping, away from toilets, away from galley, away from engine noise.
Fortunately the flight was only about a third full, so I was able to move anyway.
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Oh thatís interesting. Iíve just selected 7A for my SJC flight next Saturday ! Was the window too bright with the dimmer ? Heat ? Might have a look again.
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