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Everything You Want to Know About Where to Sit on a United Dreamliner 787-8

Everything You Want to Know About Where to Sit on a United Dreamliner 787-8

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Polaris business Cabin
Rows 1 and 4 (bulkheads) - all seats have larger footwells. Aisle seat footwells are slightly larger than window footwells in all rows.
6DE are considered "most private" because away from galley and lav (although near coach). 6D angles away from aisle so slightly more private than 6E.

1A Footrest well
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4A: DAY Love the full access to both windows and the view of the engine. However, I agree with others here, you're just TOO close to the galley. Worse yet, the galley has these super bright lights that can be bothersome on a night flight. The noise from the galley was bearable if you have your headphones on and are watching the TV etc. I didn't see any curtains to cordon off the galley...I wonder why they don't have this like on other aircraft. (If I remember correctly)

5L: DAY Nice quieter side. No galley issues. Still have a view of the engine but not as good as 4A. Your second window is partially obstructed by your seat so you only have access to the window "button" on the more forward window. Not a big deal...but I prefer to have 2 full unobstructed windows like in 4A.

6A: NIGHT Same a 5L very quiet. Full access to windows. No galley noise. Not as good a view of the engine but you can still see it albeit you're mostly over the wing at this point. ***NOTE: If you're on a night flight, like I was for this instance, there was this very bright spotlight just over the exit door 2R (across the 2L door where we boarded from) that the F/A couldn't turn off. He was very apologetic but ended up just taping a piece of cloth or something to accommodate me. Maybe I'm just super sensitive to the light but I couldn't ignore it even if I tried to. It was just perfectly aligned to my line of sight from my seat.


Economy Plus Cabin:

The front bulkhead rows (16ABC, 17DEF, and 16JKL) all have good (and identical!) legroom. Unless you are over 6'3" and/or just hate bulkheads, I'd recommend any of these seats.

I can confirm that all of these seats have identical legroom. Didn't bring my tape measure, but in both seats, my fully extended legs just touched the bulkhead -- I couldn't quite brace my feet against it, and ended up using my camp stool. For reference, I'm 6'1" with a 32-inch inseam. There's easily enough room to get up from the window seat and walk out into the aisle in a civilized way without (much) disturbing the neighbors. So, even as a committed aisle guy, 16A/L will be my first choice in the future. The view of the wing, engine, and horizon is pretty good (and you can easily spend half an hour playing with the windows). Bulkhead comes about half-way across 16C/J seat, so angling legs can get you a bit more room into business cabin. However, the curtain dangles there, which can be annoying, as can FAs going through.

UA actually did something pretty clever in 17DEF and 27DEF. Unlike every other bulkhead row in the fleet, this one actually has an adjustable armrest! It's the one between D and E (note: I'm certain of this in row 17, but could be wrong about 27). The trick is that the tray tables and video screens are to the left of D, to the right of F, and in between E/F. Thus, 17D is the clear choice here, since if 17E is empty you get to flip the armrest up and squish out. 17D/E is a good choice for couples. 17D/E are usually blocked until checkin.

Row 27 is the other potential winner. 27A and 27L have significant encroachment from the exit doors, and will probably be debated in this thread for years. 27BC and 27JK have infinite legroom, so the aisle seats are probably the top choice if you have NBA ambitions. You're going to have the standard issues with people hanging out in your space and waiting for the lavs, though. I think that the legroom in 27DEF is pretty much the same as 17DEF, but I didn't get a chance to sit there, and the inhabitants didn't encourage close inspection.

The rest of the E+ seats seem pretty much indistinguishable. Keep in mind that they're narrower than anything else in the fleet, so the eternal "E+ middle or E- aisle?" debate is differently weighted -- middles are gonna be tight. All the seats are tight, but not as tight as the 777-300 and reconfigured 777-200 (10 across) in coach.

Fixed bassinets 4AB, 4KL & 16ABC, 16JKL, 17DEF, 27DEF

Summary.

Normal people: 16A/L, then 17D, then 17F, then 16C/J. 27C/J are probably next best, and after that, it's personal preference between the E++ middles (16B/K, 17E, 27B/E/K) and the rest of the aisles and windows in E+.

Tall (6'3"+) folks: You aspire to 27C/J, followed by 27B/K, and then probably fall back on the advice for "normal people" above. 27A/L are probably not worth it.

Couples (or single + small child): 17D/E and 27D/E are the hidden treasures here; you can put up the armrest and snuggle. Or, if you're traveling with a toddler, you can have legroom while Junior stretches out across your lap for a nap.
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Everything You Want to Know About Where to Sit on a United Dreamliner 787-8

Just found out one of my legs from IAH to LAX has been switched to a 787. I am booked in F in January. Right now I am in row one still wide open, but I noticed I am right in front of the bathroom. I was wondering if anyone has flown this plane yet and what are your opinions about the best seat location.
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Originally Posted by RONINASPEN View Post
Just found out one of my legs from IAH to LAX has been switched to a 787. I am booked in F in January. Right now I am in row one still wide open, but I noticed I am right in front of the bathroom. I was wondering if anyone has flown this plane yet and what are your opinions about the best seat location.
Yeah no one has flown this plane yet. It don't enter service until Nov 4th. I'd switch If I were you, If you don't care to be near a bathroom.
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787 seating

I am booked on that plane in February. Please let us know about your experience.
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If you don't like being next to a bathroom then move, obviously.

The first flight is 11/4 IAH-ORD. Quite a few people from here are on it so you'll have plenty of reviews. I'm in BF myself so I'll report back.
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I am going to guess that row 1 will have the full cutout for feet and rows further back will have the angled space which is a tough fit for those with larger feet. Wild guess that Row 1 on the non restroom side is the place to be.
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UA 787 walk through video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdRkuHeJ7oI

here's a UA 787 walk through video.
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Originally Posted by JOSECONLSCREW28 View Post
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdRkuHeJ7oI

here's a UA 787 walk through video.
Thanks!
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In December, I'm flying EWR-IAH-SFO, 2 segments on the 787. RPU confirmed immediately and I played it safe -- 2a for the EWR-IAH flight, 5a for the IAH-SFO flight. I'm assuming that the front BF cabin will be better, but figured that I'd try both to see if there are any differences. Picked the middle row to avoid row 1 bulkhead issues (I'm 6'5"), though after watching the video that might not be a problem. I avoided the last row of each in order to be away from the bathrooms.

Looking forward to hearing from others after early November, to see what the experience is actually like.
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i'm flying the 787 in November domestically and then again in December internationally. I'll report back when I'm done. IIRC, through the video and the seat maps, it appears the lavatory in the forward BF cabin is on the right side (K,L) and not the left.
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The bulkheads in Y look pretty spacious....

I also like the fixed armrests, even though the seat feels narrower, it prevents fatties from spilling over into your seat
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Originally Posted by JOSECONLSCREW28 View Post
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdRkuHeJ7oI

here's a UA 787 walk through video.
Good find, those are some narrow aisles in Y though, funny how the current Jeff video ignores the 9 across seating and the narrow aisles
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With the additional cracks in the engines and the fuselage will the plane still fly?
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With the additional cracks in the engines and the fuselage will the plane still fly?
At least UA is not the first 787 carrier in the world. How come ANA did not have such problems?
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ANA Dreamliners are equipped with the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines, whereas the United 787's are equipped with the GEnx engines. Each airline gets to pick from those two options...
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Originally Posted by enki View Post
In December, I'm flying EWR-IAH-SFO, 2 segments on the 787. RPU confirmed immediately and I played it safe -- 2a for the EWR-IAH flight, 5a for the IAH-SFO flight. I'm assuming that the front BF cabin will be better, but figured that I'd try both to see if there are any differences. Picked the middle row to avoid row 1 bulkhead issues (I'm 6'5"), though after watching the video that might not be a problem. I avoided the last row of each in order to be away from the bathrooms.

Looking forward to hearing from others after early November, to see what the experience is actually like.
Yep. Now I always pick row 2 just in case...
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