Seating guide: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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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 Dreamliner (all variants). Please ask your questions here, and hopefully someone will be able to help!

The following 787 seat maps have been prepared for quick comparison and reference

Boeing 787-8
Type 78B
Three class: 35J 25W 154M
G-ZBJA G-ZBJB G-ZBJC G-ZBJD G-ZBJE G-ZBJF G-ZBJG G-ZBJH G-ZBJI G-ZBJJ G-ZBJK G-ZBJM (12)
2006 CW, 2010 WTP, 2010 WT and Thales IFE




Boeing 787-9
Type 789
Four class: 8F 42J 39W 127M
G-ZBKA G-ZBKB G-ZBKC G-ZBKD G-ZBKE G-ZBKF G-ZBKG G-ZBKH G-ZBKI G-ZBKJ G-ZBKK G-ZBKL G-ZBKM G-ZBKN G-ZBKO G-ZBKP G-ZBKR G-ZBKS (18)
2015 First, 2006 CW, 2010 WTP, 2010 WT and Thales IFE




Boeing 787-10
Type 78X?
Four class: 8F 48J 35W 165M; fitted with new Club World Suites
G-ZBLA (1)
2015 First, 2019 CWS, 2018 WTP, 2018 WT and Panasonic ex3 IFE





Boeing 787-8 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.





Boeing 787-9 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.



Boeing 787-9 seating comments:
The first aircraft was delivered in June 2020 and is expected to enter service very soon. Seat recommendations will be added as FTers are able to test them out. Stay tuned.



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Old Sep 9, 17, 5:47 am
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Perfectly fine and where I would choose to sit.
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About to book First on the 789 - does anyone know if there are overhead bins above D/F? Seen on the wiki that row 1 & 2 on the 788 doesn't have them in the middle because of the crew rest.
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About to book First on the 789 - does anyone know if there are overhead bins above D/F? Seen on the wiki that row 1 & 2 on the 788 doesn't have them in the middle because of the crew rest.
Hi,

No there are not but there are 2 large bins and 2 medium bins over the A side ( and same with K) so there was no problem with storage even on a full F cabin. I was in 1E to Toronto and back two weeks ago and used the A side bins.

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About to book First on the 789 - does anyone know if there are overhead bins above D/F? Seen on the wiki that row 1 & 2 on the 788 doesn't have them in the middle because of the crew rest.
Use the bins above A/K there's plenty of room, plus the 789 F seat has loads of storage options for bits and pieces mid flight
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Excellent - thanks TBS & mikeyfly ^
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Use the bins above A/K there's plenty of room, plus the 789 F seat has loads of storage options for bits and pieces mid flight
Indeed. After putting in a couple of hours in the CCR and some solid boozing on the plane it's quite an effort to remember to collect everything...

Re CW, last time flew 13A, which was great.
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in CW on 789 PHL-LHR, and have 7K/J. only seats not available are 7 A/B.

Should I stay put, or move to row 6?

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They are excellent seats. 7K has direct aisle access though note 6K will climb over 7J
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Great seats, don't move.
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Originally Posted by Can I help you View Post
Great seats, don't move.
thank you!
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on 787-9 in Club.. should I keep 13J Or Switch to 10F.... Travelling by myself.... 6ft 4ins tall.
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In December, I will be in CW for the first time on the 788 (3 class). I have chosen 1A & 1B but am struck by the fact that the only other reserved seats are in a location that I would not have considered as being particularly good. They are 2E, F & J. Am I missing something here?

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Is the service in WTP front to back?

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Yes it is.
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Row 1 on 788

HI
Got flights to CAI and back in CW.
Trying to choose between 1AB or 1JK since wife likes that no one climbs over her when she is reclined.
Looking at seat guru, there is a toilet next to the galley on AB side but not sure if this causes any problems to 1AB!!!
Any thoughts?
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