BA First class- 777, 787, or A380?

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Old Jul 13, 17, 2:32 am
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
The BA5 appears to change from the B789 to the B777 from 29 October (the beginning of the Winter Schedule)..
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Old Jul 13, 17, 2:44 am
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Originally Posted by MickV View Post
My ranking:
1. 789. 787 is a great plane. Feel so much better coming off it. New seat is a good improvement. 8 seats seems a little more exclusive.

2. 380. More space. Better food. Feel better coming of it than a 777 or 747.

3. 777. More space than 747

4. 747. Cramped. Take 4/6 seats out and replace with a mix of a380 space and 789 seat and it would be superb.

It's all F though so no real hardship.
I have only flown a handful of F sectors (mainly 777 but also 789 and twice on the 744), and am excited about trying the A380 in December (NYE back from MIA!). The 789 was a great experience - I loved the space and the screen. I can see how the seat was designed for a 777, where the buddy seat in the middle pairs is actually pretty decent. When the cabin has been half full, crew have a few times suggested we dine together in say 2F when our seats were 2/3K. I tried the 744 for the first time on a day flight earlier this year, and the buddy seat was a bit comedy for dining.

However, like you said - it's all F! Having only flown F on BA I don't have anything else to compare it to, but I have really enjoyed it every time, on whatever plane. Only being able to fly First on a 241 or UuA on a cheap ex-EU fare, I'm not exactly their target audience, though, and feel extremely lucky to be there.
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Old Jul 13, 17, 2:51 am
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I can't make my mind up on the B789. As a solo traveller I like the seat, and screen. But when travelling with a family member I don't like the seat and screen! I miss the buddy seat, and the aisle is a little narrow.

My preference (excluding the B789) is:

A380
B773
B772
B747

I can't decide where the B789 fits in - certainly below the A380 but above the B747.
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Old Jul 13, 17, 2:54 am
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I recently flew the 787-9 F product and agree it is by far the best BA seat - larger fixed screen, good lighting options, more storage, feels private and a good size. The 380 is the quietest BUT First is at the front of the lower deck and airports (including Heathrow) seem to connect the upper gangway first so you are not one of the first off the plane. The 747 is very cramped and a disappointment compared to the newer planes. Also the buddy seat is a poor idea - why choose First and then sit on a small seat to dine?
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Old Jul 13, 17, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
I can't make my mind up on the B789. As a solo traveller I like the seat, and screen. But when travelling with a family member I don't like the seat and screen! I miss the buddy seat, and the aisle is a little narrow.

My preference (excluding the B789) is:

A380
B773
B772
B747

I can't decide where the B789 fits in - certainly below the A380 but above the B747.
Interesting - this is partly why I'm excited to try the A380. We'll be on a night flight, but given that it'll be NYE, I plan on enjoying myself!

I know what you mean about the 789. Mrs GM came back from BOS and selected a middle pair so we could chat, but understandably the seats are designed to be private so it wasn't that easy to interact.
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Old Jan 22, 18, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Geo772 View Post
I've not flown F on the A380 but for the others I'd put them 789,747,777-200,777-300.

The 789 is really great, especially if you're on your own. With the exception of the single loo at the front there really aren't many down sides. It's not too quiet that you end up hearing chatter/eating etc. I like the big screen, the image quality is a real improvement on other aircraft. Having the moving map details on the handset is quite nice to have as well.
The 747 is very good, especially the newly refurbished aircraft with the Panasonic IFE. .
Have the 747s to/from Boston all been refurbished?
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Old Jan 22, 18, 11:00 pm
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Have the 747s to/from Boston all been refurbished?
Do a dummy booking, if it has 86 seats in Club then it's refurbished - there are no guarantees on any route at present (even JFK, as I repeatedly discover)
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Old Jan 23, 18, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by darthlemsip View Post
Do a dummy booking, if it has 86 seats in Club then it's refurbished - there are no guarantees on any route at present (even JFK, as I repeatedly discover)
BA215 on 15Feb LHR-BOS is a 747-400 with 66 CW seats (8 rows x 8 seats + 1 row x 2 seats) plus 12 seat on the upper deck = 78 seats overall. So obv that's not 86 seats, and f is old F. On the way out, it's a 777, so my understand is now of those have been refurbished.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by nologic View Post
BA215 on 15Feb LHR-BOS is a 747-400 with 66 CW seats (8 rows x 8 seats + 1 row x 2 seats) plus 12 seat on the upper deck = 78 seats overall. So obv that's not 86 seats, and f is old F. On the way out, it's a 777, so my understand is now of those have been refurbished.
The upper deck has 20 seats on both variants, so you’re on an 86J aircraft. The tell-tale sign on a seat-map being the CW ‘mini-cabin’ in rows 21-22. See: British Airways B747-400 14F/86J/30W/145Y Seat Map

The 52J variant has 32 seats on the lower deck between rows 17-20. The ‘tell-tale’ sign here being the unusual placement of the WT+ cabin between F and CW: British Airways B747-400 14F/52J/36W/235Y Seat Map


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Old Jan 23, 18, 9:04 pm
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The upper deck has 20 seats on both variants, so you’re on an 86J aircraft. The tell-tale sign on a seat-map being the CW ‘mini-cabin’ in rows 21-22. See: British Airways B747-400 14F/86J/30W/145Y Seat Map

The 52J variant has 32 seats on the lower deck between rows 17-20. The ‘tell-tale’ sign here being the unusual placement of the WT+ cabin between F and CW: British Airways B747-400 14F/52J/36W/235Y Seat Map
Huh, so that means it has the new seats...? Anything else new or better?
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Old Jan 24, 18, 12:53 am
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Huh, so that means it has the new seats...? Anything else new or better?
The one big difference is the refurbished (86J) aircraft has the new Panasonic IFE system: much better screen and bigger choice of content compared to the old Rockwell Collins system where the touch screen often needs more than gentle persuasion to work.

There’s really no difference in the seats themselves. Aside from there being more of them. The Economy cabins were reupholstered during the refurbishment.
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Old Jan 24, 18, 4:53 am
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Did F on the 789 for the first time this week, maybe my seat (2E) was poor (I had the choice of that or 2F given a last minute booking) but I was fairly unimpressed with it compared to the 388 or 744. Food (LAX>LHR) was really quite poor too unfortunately, CSD was lovely and helpful though...
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Old Jan 24, 18, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by apollo00 View Post
Did F on the 789 for the first time this week, maybe my seat (2E) was poor (I had the choice of that or 2F given a last minute booking) but I was fairly unimpressed with it compared to the 388 or 744. Food (LAX>LHR) was really quite poor too unfortunately, CSD was lovely and helpful though...
To me it's notably better than the 744 (I basically don't see the point of BA F on the 744 any longer), but 388 is still comfortably the best BA F.
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Old Jan 24, 18, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by GM1985 View Post
The one big difference is the refurbished (86J) aircraft has the new Panasonic IFE system: much better screen and bigger choice of content compared to the old Rockwell Collins system where the touch screen often needs more than gentle persuasion to work. There’s really no difference in the seats themselves. Aside from there being more of them. The Economy cabins were reupholstered during the refurbishment.
No difference in the duvets, pillows, etc.?
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Old Jan 24, 18, 10:58 am
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No difference in the duvets, pillows, etc.?
That seems to be dependent on route, not on aircraft type.
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