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 25, 19, 6:11 am
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Originally Posted by CoweyB View Post
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.
Were you on my BA34 on Tuesday also ? Think I saw somewhere you were!
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Old Apr 25, 19, 6:51 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Were you on my BA34 on Tuesday also ? Think I saw somewhere you were!
Indeed so - I was in 2A !

You and your partner were sitting in front of me in the MH lounge drinking champagne I think.

As always, if I had known I would have said hello...

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Old Apr 25, 19, 7:00 am
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The difference between row 1 and 2 is negligible in my experience. I would be happy with either.
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Old Apr 25, 19, 8:19 am
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Take 2A and 2E, if 2F and 2K become available nearer your date of travel swap to these.
Can you advise why 2F and 2K are better?

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Old Apr 25, 19, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by funkydory View Post
Can you advise why 2F and 2K are better?

Thanks!
The F/K aisle is a lot quieter, most foot traffic between cabins will be between A/E.
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Old Apr 25, 19, 10:57 am
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The First WC is on the A side so does get more traffic but no way would I call it a lot more, there are only 8 seats. The 787-9 First cabin is the most neutral cabin in terms of F seat preference on BA. Any seat will provide similar amenity (excluding window/aisle considerations).
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Old Apr 25, 19, 11:08 am
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I had no issues in row 1 on the flight to KUL. In fact we liked being at the front. I see why people might prefer row 2 for the feeling of more space in front of you but we didnít feel that it was at all tight. I would do row 1 again given the choice.
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Old Apr 25, 19, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Rubecula View Post
The First WC is on the A side so does get more traffic but no way would I call it a lot more, there are only 8 seats. The 787-9 First cabin is the most neutral cabin in terms of F seat preference on BA. Any seat will provide similar amenity (excluding window/aisle considerations).
Nothing to do with the WC, the 4 passengers on the K side access it through the galley so have no impact on the A side at all. Same the other way round.
The crew, however, can spend a lot of time shuttling through from the front galley to the cabins behind all through the flight, and they generally use the A aisle to do this. Sample size of 1 across a fair few flights, but why I now choose 2K. (Yes, it's really nit-picking, but isn't that what this forum is all about )

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Old Apr 28, 19, 4:31 am
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Does anyone have any experience/recommendations on seat selection for families with kids (aged 6 and 9) in WT. Four of us are off to KL in the summer and currently considering one block of three on the side with one seat infront on the exit row or the two pairs of doubles at the back of the cabin.

On other planes would always plum for the two pairs, for general child management and not having to sit next to anyone else, but have heard mixed reports on WT and those rear pairs on this plane.

Any help/advice etc. greatly appreciated.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 7:06 am
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The F/K aisle is a lot quieter, most foot traffic between cabins will be between A/E.
ah that makes sense. Thanks!
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Old May 1, 19, 7:03 pm
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Hi everyone, hoping I can get some quick clarification on a question because I'm seeing conflicting answers everywhere, including this forum! Does the last row (13) in WTP on the 788 have limited recline or not?
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Originally Posted by hartmamp View Post
Hi everyone, hoping I can get some quick clarification on a question because I'm seeing conflicting answers everywhere, including this forum! Does the last row (13) in WTP on the 788 have limited recline or not?
I was in 13B a few months back to Montreal and it didnít have limited recline.
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Old May 7, 19, 12:46 pm
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Club on 788 Nashville to London

Would 1JK and 3JK be good seats in Club world for a couple, gotta pay for them and 3AB already gone?
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Old May 8, 19, 7:19 pm
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I don't know if it has been mentioned in this thread, but on 788 in WT seats 20DEF and 21 ABC HJK are bulkhead extra legroom seats. Since these are bassinet seats they can't be allocated online, recently called in about T-60 and got 21A on LHR-ICN.
Plenty of legroom (I'm 6'2"), but but seats are narrow and armrests don't lift.
If you're in 21ABC or HJK don't store your bag to locker above the seat. When curtain is closed between WT and WTP it blocks the locker and you can't access the bag until after landing.
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Old May 15, 19, 8:47 pm
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Y class pleb dialling in...

Out of all the non exit row WT seats on the 788 I'm guessing the 39 row is the best bet? Particularly the side (39J) opposite the lav?

Dreading this flight.
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