I recently wrote about the forthcoming Boeing 787-9 aircraft that British Airways is about to start receiving. There were a few hints about what the ‘evolutionary not revolutionary’ First Class seat would look like – now we know.
BA released some images yesterday which you can see below.
The first flight will be to Delhi on October 25th, followed in quick succession by Abu Dhabi / Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Austin and San Jose.
Whilst the new seat certainly looks impressive – although hardly likely to give Etihad executives sleepless nights about the performance on the Abu Dhabi route – it is important to remember that there are only eight seats. This is down from 14 on the Boeing 777 aircraft it is replacing and will mean far lower chances of Avios availability, especially for multiple seats.
According to internal BA publicity, the key differentiators are:
New storage areas – a new ottoman next to the footstool shoes, handbags and personal items, a redesigned coat cabinet which is now accessible from their seat, a new locker at eye-level for smaller personal effects and a discreet stowage area next to the armrest for charging devices
Upgraded IFE – the handset will be integrated into the seat, the handset will have a small screen which can show a different service to the main TV (eg moving map on the handset, movie on the TV), the TV screen will be 23 inches
New controls – the ‘jog-dial’ now has five additional functions including the headrest and lumbar inflate and a ‘global’ lighting control
There are also the general benefits of the 787 – larger windows, greater humidity and a new pressurisation system which, apparently, is now the equivalent of being outside at 6,000 feet rather than the previous 8,000 feet.
I am due to fly a 787-9 next Easter, albeit in Club World, so it will be interesting to try it.
If you want to see more, there is a video: