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 24, 19, 7:17 am
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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.
This is always going to be a personal choice. I'm guessing this was on the 787-8, where 7A is on the wing, whereas on a 787-9 the same seat number is before door 2L. On the 787-9 I don't think there is a better seat really. On a 787-8 then 3A/K is the obvious choice, but I would still go for 7A/K if not available. Obviously it also depends on the sun to some degree but personally I'm happy with the blind controls. If you want to be cocoon somewhere a bit darker and also a bit of extra space then 7E has a lot going for it. If you are normally an aisle person, which is what mmxbreaks indicates, then I can see the difficulty. The 787 is much, much quieter than a 777 so it's all somewhat relative, but there is more engine noise in row 7 on a 787-8 compared to row 3.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 11:27 am
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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

Hi, does this mean there is a risk of being evicted from these seats then?
We have 7F, J and K on the BA242 MEX to LHR.

Although on the way back (LHR-MEX) BA243 we have 6F, J and K as 7 already taken.

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Old Mar 24, 19, 12:57 pm
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Originally Posted by TTmex View Post
Hi, does this mean there is a risk of being evicted from these seats then?
We have 7F, J and K on the BA242 MEX to LHR.

Although on the way back (LHR-MEX) BA243 we have 6F, J and K as 7 already taken.

Thanks a lot
No you wonít be. There are no rest seats on the BA242 due to a shorter flight time as itís eastbound and with the prevailing winds. 7K will be blocked on the BA243 for crew rest hence your inability to select them.

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Old Mar 24, 19, 2:41 pm
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No you wonít be. There are no rest seats on the BA242 due to a shorter flight time as itís eastbound and with the prevailing winds. 7J/K will be blocked on the BA243 for crew rest hence your inability to select them.
Thanks . That's good to know. We could pick 7A etc but concerned it is next to the toilet. Is a day flight, but still. Hopping out of 6k really not a problem for me.
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So: flying CW from LHR > YYZ on BA99 soon and the F seats on this four class 789 are bookable. Should we gamble or keep Row 7A&B

decisions decisions...
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Old Mar 29, 19, 8:36 am
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I just logged in to check my own booking. No such luck. I'd personally gamble. Chance of first vs maybe getting a middle seat. The worst you get is that I suppose.
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Originally Posted by The_IGR View Post
So: flying CW from LHR > YYZ on BA99 soon and the F seats on this four class 789 are bookable. Should we gamble or keep Row 7A&B

decisions decisions...
What date please?
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Thanks both. The F cabin is blocked out again just before OLCI so glad I stayed put.
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Just a curiousity as I didn't get affected in the end. Had 6K and J and 7K selected for flight from LHR to MEX on 787-9.
7J was designated as a crew rest seat, so couldn't be booked.

Got an email today to say for operational reasons seats had been changed. Logged in and moved to middle 3 seats. Now 6K and 7K are blocked out and 7J is free. Am I right in thinking they have just moved the crew rest beds to the window seats?

If so, seems a bit strange seeing they are highly sought after by people flying CW.

I was able to move us across the cabin to 7A/B and 6A, but I'd have been livid had this been only a few days out. Luckily is not and still loads free.
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Old Apr 3, 19, 3:10 pm
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Now 6K and 7K are blocked out and 7J is free. Am I right in thinking they have just moved the crew rest beds to the window seats?
As mentioned upthread 7K will be used for the crew, the only surprise is it took them this long, at least you were advised here in advance to consider other seats. I suspect 6K is unrelated, because of 7K they just moved your group out of that corner. They are sought after for the same reason that crew needs them - to ensure the pilots are well rested.
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Old Apr 3, 19, 3:18 pm
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Ah I mistakenly assumed it was 7J that was blocked out for crew. It's no great drama. It is a day flight so getting a ton of sleep not Paramount for us. Of course is for crew.
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Are there any bassinet seats in Y on 789? What would be the best seats for two adults and an infant (with his own seat). Or is it all the same?
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Are there any bassinet seats in Y on 789? What would be the best seats for two adults and an infant (with his own seat). Or is it all the same?
30E is the only Y cabin bassinet on the 789 as far as I know....
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
30E is the only Y cabin bassinet on the 789 as far as I know....
According to CS, 30E is an exit row seat, and so an infant cannot be assigned to that seat.
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Incorrect, 30E is a bassinet seat and not an emergency exit seat.
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