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 Apr 4, 19, 1:48 am
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
Incorrect, 30E is a bassinet seat and not an emergency exit seat.
Thanks, will have to try again. Can anyone check if it is already taken on BA50 on 11/4, or just blocked?
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Old Apr 4, 19, 1:52 am
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Originally Posted by sds1493 View Post
According to CS, 30E is an exit row seat, and so an infant cannot be assigned to that seat.
I believe the CS rep is incorrect, w.r.t the middle 3 seats. Only the ABC & HJK blocks are counted as exit row and 30E is indeed a bassinet.

Here's a link to the reliable BA Source seatmaps showing such:

8F42J39W127Y The BA Source (You may need to click on "Economy Class Seat Advice)

Here's a link to a recent thread on FlyerTalk where a 788->789 swap caused some difficulties as it goes from 2 bassinets in Y to just 1 bassinet, and you may note that the OP reports in post 15 that they were able to take 30E:

Advice needed after equipment change leaves us without bassinet seat
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30077379-post15.html



And after digging out those links, you get it form the horse's mouth Thanks to CIHY for confirming
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Old Apr 4, 19, 1:55 am
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Originally Posted by sds1493 View Post
Thanks, will have to try again. Can anyone check if it is already taken on BA50 on 11/4, or just blocked?
Here you go (showing blocked)

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Old Apr 4, 19, 8:13 am
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Thanks BertieBadger and CIHY​​​​​. As suspected, FT was correct and BA were wrong. However, I still can't access 30DEF since I booked the infant as a child rather than an infant. The agent said that it is only released st the airport but per other posts here it should happen 24-48 hours before. Is that correct?
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Old Apr 4, 19, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by sds1493 View Post
Thanks BertieBadger and CIHY​​​​​. As suspected, FT was correct and BA were wrong. However, I still can't access 30DEF since I booked the infant as a child rather than an infant. The agent said that it is only released st the airport but per other posts here it should happen 24-48 hours before. Is that correct?
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That was my own experience, yes. I was previously able to get them by phoning the Silver line in that timeframe.

I think I've read some recent reports of the seats not always being available at these times, but I would certainly try....
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Old Apr 4, 19, 8:47 am
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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.
Ah my bad. I just reread one of my replies to you and saw that I said that 7J/K would be blocked. As per my earlier posts I should have said just 7K so my apologies for the confusion! Iíll edit my original post to prevent any further ambiguity for other members.
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Old Apr 25, 19, 2:53 am
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Row 1 or 2 on BA B787-900?

If traveling as couple and would like to seat together in the center, is 1EF or 2EF better?
The outbound flight is a night flight so we will not miss much by not having the window seats.

For the inbound day flight, we would like to have window seats on the same side but 1A and 1K are blocked. Only 2A and 2K available at this time. Should we just stick to the middle pair of seats again or select either 2A2E or 2K2K and hope 1A1K would be available nearer to check-in time?
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Old Apr 25, 19, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by chinhk View Post
If traveling as couple and would like to seat together in the center, is 1EF or 2EF better?
The outbound flight is a night flight so we will not miss much by not having the window seats.

For the inbound day flight, we would like to have window seats on the same side but 1A and 1K are blocked. Only 2A and 2K available at this time. Should we just stick to the middle pair of seats again or select either 2A2E or 2K2K and hope 1A1K would be available nearer to check-in time?
The 789 is one of those planes on which most people seem to prefer row 2 over row 1 (there are people who prefer row 2 over 1 on all planes, but I'd say the proportion is larger yet on the 789). I'm actually fine with both myself.
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Having sat on 1E & 1F on 13 hours from KUL on Tuesday night; I think I'd recommend row 2 - the light from the lit up speedmarque annoyed most of the night !
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Old Apr 25, 19, 3:49 am
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Take 2A and 2E, if 2F and 2K become available nearer your date of travel swap to these.
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Originally Posted by chinhk View Post
If traveling as couple and would like to seat together in the center, is 1EF or 2EF better?
The outbound flight is a night flight so we will not miss much by not having the window seats.

For the inbound day flight, we would like to have window seats on the same side but 1A and 1K are blocked. Only 2A and 2K available at this time. Should we just stick to the middle pair of seats again or select either 2A2E or 2K2K and hope 1A1K would be available nearer to check-in time?

I was on 1e and 1f with my partner returning from BOM... and i would ALWAYS go with row 1.. first service.. and first sleep.. besides bollywood in 1A who went to sleep right away... more remote than 2a, too
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Old Apr 25, 19, 4:23 am
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I've also been a defender of the lone toilet in F in the past - however this flight I spent too long queuing and then going back to Club and then queuing some more...
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
Take 2A and 2E, if 2F and 2K become available nearer your date of travel swap to these.

Completely agree, row 2 is my preference over row 1. I flew LHR-NRT recently with Mrs Crofton138 on the 787-9 in 2E & 2F. We both agreed that 2A & 2E or 2F & 2K would be better options.
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Having flown with my partner outbound to NRT last month in 1E/F and return in 1A/K I would recommend row 2. There is no galley behind row 2....
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Old Apr 25, 19, 5:44 am
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From the experience of my recent first First flight I would definitely choose row 2.

On my flights, there was a surprising amount of noise from the galley area which is just ahead of row 1.
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