When the first batch of Boeing 787-8’s entered service with British Airways late last year, they were designed as three-class aircraft. There is no First Class cabin at all.
There was some discussion at the time about whether this was the beginning of the end of First Class on BA. However, the airline has now announced that deliveries of the (slightly larger) 787-9 aircraft – due from 2015 – will have a First Class cabin.
Frank van der Post, BA’s managing director of brands and customer experience, said: “Suffice to say immense attention has been paid to developing our award-winning First cabin, ensuring our signature style is maintained.
“We’ve also concentrated on the materials and technology used, the space around the seat and the comfort of the bed.”
He added: “We introduced an updated First cabin on the A380 when we launched that in September, which offers customers 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage and we’re getting great feedback.
“The new cabin on the 787-900 is a further development, which we think our customers will love. It will feel exceptionally elegant and beautifully British — exactly what our customers ask of us.”
It will be a very small first class cabin, with just eight seats compared to the current average of 14.
There are a couple of ‘teaser’ images in the article if you click through.