BA announces the first routes for the Boeing 787

British Airways has announced the first routes to fly its new Boeing 787 aircraft, the first of which was quietly delivered this week ahead of a large public unveiling alongside the first A380, due in a few days.

BA has a rather snazzy website about the 787’s here, along with a video and interior photos.

The Toronto service starts on September 1st, with the BA93 service operating as a 787 every day.  The BA97 will operate as a 787 on certain days from September 15th.

To New York Newark, the service starts on October 1st, but only on the BA187 service at 18.15.  This will operate as a 787 every day.

This is the seat map of the new plane:

MAP_787_214

The only feature of note is the single middle seat in Club World.  It will be interesting to see if this becomes a coffin-style hideout or a long-overdue area of privacy for the solo traveller!  No First Class, note.

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Comments

  1. Bullfrog says:

    Shame a new Club Seat design was not installed. All Club window seats face backwards which is not ideal

    • Better in a survivable crash though. Personally I’ve never had an issue with the rear facing seats though I know some people would rather face forward.

      Ironically the 767s which these are replacing are the only BA long haul aircraft that do have forward facing window seats in Club

  2. The middle CW seat will, I predict, become the most popular CW seat on BA for the sole traveller. Very private, easy access and likely to have no eye-view of other fellow passengers.

    • I thought the middle seats in J looked very claustrophobic – flying backwards in a coffin! Economy doesn’t look much fun either. I’d rather be in a 767 with 2-2-2 in J and WT+, and 2-3-2 in Y.

  3. It does seem that nobody gives much thought for the bulk of the passengers… (those that are flying in Economy,) and the 3-3-3 layout is just grim. It is bad enough on a 777 that has a much wider cabin. B.A. has got this wrong IMHO and seems to have forgotten the level of complaints when they tried this level of (dis)comfort on three 777s operating from Gatwick.
    A big thumbs down from me and I hope I never have to suffer it.

    • I agree – a 3-3-3 layout on a 787 is tight, but it looks like it is becoming the standard (Qatar, United) in these lean times – it is roughly equivalent to the 3-4-3 config that Emirates run on their 777 fleet (I believe the 787 cabin is 18 inches narrower than 777) – so people shouldn’t really be complaining about BA’s existing 3-3-3 777 config!

  4. Londonbus says:

    World Traveller Plus looks nice and cosy…