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 May 15, 19, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by ChurnieEls View Post
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?
If you are a couple, and in particular if you suspect WT will be full, then yes the best seats would be 39H and J. However the J seat person won't be able to lean on the fuselage, there is a bit of a gap, though that can be used to stores things. 39B and 39C would be the same but there is a toilet directly behind. From what I can make out, people to tend to queue in the galley area behind, rather than by row 39, but if the cabin crew are making up the trolleys the queue would end up in the main seating area.

If you are a single passenger, then maybe you'll try and get an empty middle seat towards the back, and therefore depending on loads, looking at rows 35 etc.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
If you are a couple, and in particular if you suspect WT will be full, then yes the best seats would be 39H and J. However the J seat person won't be able to lean on the fuselage, there is a bit of a gap, though that can be used to stores things. 39B and 39C would be the same but there is a toilet directly behind. From what I can make out, people to tend to queue in the galley area behind, rather than by row 39, but if the cabin crew are making up the trolleys the queue would end up in the main seating area.

If you are a single passenger, then maybe you'll try and get an empty middle seat towards the back, and therefore depending on loads, looking at rows 35 etc.
Thanks for this.

Not sure I want to gamble on an empty middle, I'm a single traveler but I might hold 39J and see if the Check In Agent offers anything to try get a couple in there. I'll have a think about 20/21 row for the return leg to the US.

Such a pity BA have diluted their standard economy product like this on the 787s.
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Old May 19, 19, 3:16 pm
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First time in WTP on the 789. Very positive in the main. Had a bulk head seat, plenty of room.

Just kinda wondered if its the norm on the LHR-AUH to put the WTP/Econ in darkness some 3 hrs out from AUH? Flight arrives approx 23:00hrs local. Appreciate the ground lights in the image, it was, apart from a quick clearing of the detritus run before landing like this 3hrs before and on landing.





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When was that picture taken, it looks just before landing?
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When was that picture taken, it looks just before landing?
Yeah CIHY. As I say the cabin was like this 3hrs before landing, lights up to the clear detritus then down again as shown for landing - pitch black in WTP / Econ
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When I flew to AUH last year I'm fairly sure the lights stayed on in W & Y for the whole flight, but from what I could see through the curtain the lights had been turned down in J.
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Hi all, flying BA122 from DOH to LHR on this Friday in WTP. As of now, most of Row 16, the first row of WTP is open. I am wondering are there any big advantaged of sitting in the first row? I think there is a leg rest? If there are benefits, do the fact that you have to stow your screen / can't have any items around your seat outweigh the advantages?
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Originally Posted by jah718 View Post
Hi all, flying BA122 from DOH to LHR on this Friday in WTP. As of now, most of Row 16, the first row of WTP is open. I am wondering are there any big advantaged of sitting in the first row? I think there is a leg rest? If there are benefits, do the fact that you have to stow your screen / can't have any items around your seat outweigh the advantages?
The obvious one is not having someone recline into your space.

WTP seats recline a lot and you lose most of the space otherwise available when the seat in front is upright. Based on my previous WTP experiences, if row 16 is available I personally would snap it up quickly if it is going to stick.

Some other more knowledgeable folks can probably answer whether or not you are likely to lose the seats later if someone needing the bassinet checks in.
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Originally Posted by SHT88T View Post


The obvious one is not having someone recline into your space.

WTP seats recline a lot and you lose most of the space otherwise available when the seat in front is upright. Based on my previous WTP experiences, if row 16 is available I personally would snap it up quickly if it is going to stick.

Some other more knowledgeable folks can probably answer whether or not you are likely to lose the seats later if someone needing the bassinet checks in.
Thanks for the advice, decided to go for 16A for the window seat with easy access to the aisle. Tried to pick it and was told it is an infant seat and as such is unavailable! I don't get it, why don't they just block the seats then!

Anyway, looks like I am staying put.
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Originally Posted by jah718 View Post
Thanks for the advice, decided to go for 16A for the window seat with easy access to the aisle. Tried to pick it and was told it is an infant seat and as such is unavailable! I don't get it, why don't they just block the seats then!

Anyway, looks like I am staying put.
The implementation is not great online, but if you phone up between 48 and 26ish hours before departure they may well be able to allocate it to you. I understood bassinet seats can sometimes be allocated online via the RJ website, but I've never personally done that and I thought I'd read that there had been recent changes making this harder/impossible? Not sure on that one tbh - I always just phoned up.

Despite working my way forward, I'd still describe WTP as my "default" cabin, and I'd agree with the points made by SHT88T. The lack of someone reclining is a big plus for me, that easily outweighs the need to stow IFE for a short time. Also, you can get to the aisle without disturbing 16B, assuming a minimal degree of dexterity. Personally, I'd get on the phone and see if they can allocate it to you.

Yes, if a late booking with an infant comes along you'll be turfed out, but as has been noted, people travelling with infants generally don't do so on a whim. I would not let such a possibility dissuade you.
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Hi, flying the BA0103 on 6th June, LHR - YYC. Noticed F cabin opened up for seat selection. Is it worth the gamble of moving? Research of this thread would suggest cabin will not be used and would be bumped back to CW cabin before departure, but any advice appreciated.
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Hey lads,

on the 789, would you go for 13A/K or 7E(middle) seat? all have direct isle access, this is a day flight. Is the service better in the mini cab? Not too worried about the window as I'd only end up staring at the engines?
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I have never noticed any service difference.

If windows are not a factor, then the only difference is noise level, there would be less turbine noise in 7 but more galley noise.

Middle seats have an extra storage space on the port side which is accessible in flat bed mode as well as upright. There is also a ledge on top of that, so more elbow room.
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Evening all.

I've booked a flight back from Durban in January and our ideal choice of 3 A/B isn't available. Aircraft is 788.

This is the seat map and we are currently in 2 A/B.

Any advice on other seats? We'd prefer not to be so close to the toilets for obvious reasons.

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Any advice on other seats? We'd prefer not to be so close to the toilets for obvious reasons.

For me, 3 J/K, yes it's by the toilet and I was worried about that when I first flew those seats, but I would say the disturbance was minimal. If you're especially sensitive to noise, another option may be better, but we were pleasantly surprised at how little we noticed the proximity of them (effectively not at all)

3 D/E would retain all aisle access if that was an issue, and you wanted to be further from the toilets
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