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 Mar 31, 18, 8:32 am
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Thanks for your prompt replies both BertieBadger and CWS..

I will stick to 3A and 3B.

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Sorry if this was asked before but search of the thread was inconclusive.

I'm flying LAX-LHR / LHR-JFK and on the outbound LAX-LHR leg, I have a choice of either A380 or 789 flight... I'm booking WT+ so which aircraft has the better WT+ seats/cabin?

And for those of you that have also flown on AA's long haul premium economy (fairly new product), how does either compare to AA's 777?

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Old Apr 21, 18, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
I'm flying LAX-LHR / LHR-JFK and on the outbound LAX-LHR leg, I have a choice of either A380 or 789 flight... I'm booking WT+ so which aircraft has the better WT+ seats/cabin?
If you are someone who normally goes for the window seat, then I would say the A380 due to the side storage unit, which also makes the seat more spacious. If you prefer aisle seats I don't think there is a lot in it, other than that the A380 is quieter. The 787 is also quiet compared to older aircraft but the WTP cabin is right by the turbines. There is a greater chance of an upgrade on 787s. On the 787-8 there are only 25 seats in WTP and on the 787-9 there are only 127 WT seats (154 on 787-8) so depending on loads it can be difficult to squeeze everyone on. Having said that, BA is often able to completely fill A380s, which are very popular aircraft with passengers.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 8:06 am
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How does BA allocate the 789 First seats when the First cabin isn't for sale on that route, e.g. LHR-CAI & vv?

It seems rows 1 & 2 are on the Club seat map, blocked but unallocated. I am OW Emerald (AA) but can't assign them, although every other seat is assignable for free.

I assume in advance of checkin at some point they become available or is it only assignable at the airport? Thanks.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by qasr View Post
How does BA allocate the 789 First seats when the First cabin isn't for sale on that route, e.g. LHR-CAI & vv?

It seems rows 1 & 2 are on the Club seat map, blocked but unallocated. I am OW Emerald (AA) but can't assign them, although every other seat is assignable for free.

I assume in advance of checkin at some point they become available or is it only assignable at the airport? Thanks.
It depends on the load. If they can fit everyone with leaving F empty, they will.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 9:34 am
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It depends on the load. If they can fit everyone with leaving F empty, they will.
Interesting.

My flight is currently J2 D0, so I'm guessing they'll need to use some F seats. Any idea if/when/how that happens and what I could do to get one one of those seats?
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Old Apr 24, 18, 9:36 am
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What are your flight details please?
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Does 13A have direct aisle access on the 787-9? The BA source doesn't make any mention of it. The only free seat in the mini cabin is 7E, and I'd rather not be in the middle.
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Originally Posted by S_W_S View Post
Does 13A have direct aisle access on the 787-9? The BA source doesn't make any mention of it. The only free seat in the mini cabin is 7E, and I'd rather not be in the middle.
Yes.

Admittedly I've only had 13K but it's the mirror image. It must have logically, how else would you get to it
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Old Apr 28, 18, 10:01 am
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I think 7E is a great seat, it has more space and aisle access from both sides?
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I think 7E is a great seat, it has more space and aisle access from both sides?
Thanks for your advice! You don't find the middle seats a little awkward? Starring at 2 people and enclosed in.
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The screens will be up after the safety briefing and most crew will serve around the seat unless it’s the new CW service..

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Interesting, it's actually a night flight back from AUH, so I expect the service will be minimal.
Sadly it's still the old Club world service - it'll be interesting to see the difference, my first BA long haul was BA1 then back on a 744 in 62A, so this will be my first time in "old" Club World (on a newer aircraft!).

I've nabbed 7E now, so thanks for your insight.
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Good choice I think you will pleasantly surprised but don’t tell anyone.
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Interesting one indeed on how do they allocate seats in the non-sold F cabin on routes such as CAI...just come off the BA 155 (787-9) and didnít seem like CW was oversold nor did F seats become available in MMB or OLCI yet 2 people had F seats on todayís flights and there were still empty seats in CW...mystery
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