Atlanta to get British Airways Club Suite – on the brand new Boeing 787-10

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On Monday night, Rob and I were at the British Airways Christmas media drinks reception in central London.  Normally these events are just a good excuse to get boozy and catch up with the BA and our journalist and blogger colleagues.  Which it was ….

The BA PR team knew their audience, however, and saved a nugget of news for us which Alex Cruz announced in his short speech.

British Airways’ first Boeing 787-10, which will be outfitted with the new Club Suite, will launch to Atlanta in February.

BA 787

British Airways already flies the Boeing 787 in the form of the 787-8 (three class) and 787-9 (four class). The 787-10 is the longest version in terms of physical length, although not flying range, and was first introduced by Singapore Airlines in early 2018.

Technologically, the Boeing 787-10 shares all the benefits of the other two variants in BA’s fleet, including a lower cabin altitude, larger electronically dimming windows and energy efficiency.  The biggest difference, however, is that this will be the first Boeing 787 in BA’s fleet to feature the new business class Club Suite.

How will the 787-10 compare to the A350?

Currently, Club Suite is flying on the A350-1000 (review here) as well as some refurbished Boeing 777s.  Both of these aircraft have a wider cabin than the Boeing 787. To accommodate the Club Suite on the 787, the angle of the seats is adjusted, which means that seat and aisle width will remain consistent across the British Airways fleet.

British Airways A350 Club Suite

The British Airways 787-10 will also feature an 8-seat First Class cabin, using the existing First Class seat from the 787-9s.  The A350 does not currently feature a First cabin despite being a larger aircraft.

In total, the 787-10 will have eight First Class seats, 48 Club Suites, 35 World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats and 165 in World Traveller.  This compares to 56 Club Suites on the A350 with 56 in World Traveller Plus and 219 economy seats.  It will be a very premium-heavy aircraft.

Club World is divided into two smaller cabins of seven and five rows respectively, as you can see in the seat map (click to enlarge):

BA 787-10 seat map

It looks like there will only be three toilets across the Club World cabin. First gets a dedicated lavatory.

Why Atlanta?

If you had asked me yesterday which route British Airways would put Club Suite on next, I would not have said Atlanta.

It is not – you are probably aware! – a particularly strong tourist market, although it does have the world-leading Georgia Aquarium which I must admit I have wanted to go to for a while.  There is also the World of Coca-Cola attraction …..

However, this could be British Airways throwing down the gauntlet at Virgin Atlantic and its partner Delta, which uses Atlanta as its main US hub. More than 75% of passengers transiting through the airport fly on Delta.  With no significant connection opportunities with partner American Airlines, British Airways might be doing some market testing as it goes up against Delta’s own well-received (and doored!) Delta One Suite.

Which flights?

The 787-10 will be replacing the existing 787-9 service to Atlanta, starting in February 2020 (the exact date is TBC as the aircraft will not arrive until January).  It will be on the following flights:

BA227 from London to Atlanta, departing 2:20PM arriving 6:50PM
BA226 from Atlanta to London, departing 9:05PM arriving 10:00AM (+1 day)

If you are booked on these flights after February, congratulations.  You just got upgraded to a significantly better business class seat!

British Airways is expecting a total of six Boeing 787-10s to be delivered in 2020, so stay tuned for more route announcements.

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  1. OT as no bits. I know most people don’t rate Marriott gold much, but I was quite impressed that my Bonvoy account is showing gold within 72 hours of hitting the £15k SPG spend, despite the advice to wait 16 weeks on the Amex account page!

    • Also seem to have immediately given me my reward night for spending £25,000 on my SPG card. I track the spend monthly and wasn’t even expecting it yet, so the email was a welcome surprise.

  2. JonathanW says:

    Has anybody had trouble purchasing Avios with the 50% extra. I have tried on various computers and with different cards with error messages. Eventually had to get my son on holiday in Miami to gift the avios (and I repaid him) and this worked. Why has this happened and I have not purchase any avios this year.

  3. I split my time between Atlanta and the UK so I use the 226/227 route fairly frequently.

    There are 9 AA desintations from ATL, so whilst it’s not a hub, it’s certainly connectable. It’s also a pretrty big business route, the loading is generally consistently pretty good and the fares tend to be substantially higher than some other TATL routes.

    It was switched to a 789 route some time back, but has generally been subbed to 777s since the RR engine problems cropped up, which might have had some bearing on the choice, too.

    • Atlanta is now being Flagged as the most dangerous Airport to fly out of due to Vagrants actually physically attacking passengers , it is one Southern State I would give a miss until they do something about it .
      had an E-mail several days ago regarding this !

    • Not a hub? Atlanta is the world’s busiest passenger airport!

      • Guessing they meant not a hub… for AA

        • Yep, I meant not an AA hub, sorry. It’s obviously a Delta hub!

          Also ref vagrants, I’ve honestly never seen any vagrants in either the airport or the likely walkable surroundings. Although there’s a lot of building work there at the moment so anything is possible!

  4. NigelthePensioner says:

    Slightly O/T but frankly the way BA are going with yet another IT drop out, you may as well go to the Business Travel show at Earls Court in Feb if you want to experience the Club Suite…..as a mock up!! Unless of course the dismissing of Cruz is the Xmas present to Exec Club members. In Walsh’s eyes of course Cruz makes him look good…….but we all know better!
    BA clearly are going down the AI line as they have no natural intelligence that’s allowed to blossom “on tap” at Speedbird House.
    Aren’t we all thoroughly sick of BA’s natural incompetence? Its been brought about simply by squeezing, squeezing and squeezing costs to preserve dividends for corporate shareholders. Well Mr Walsh it will soon become clear to you at this rate, just exactly where the bottom line is with loyalty, after which you will see us leaving and going elsewhere to companies that understand service and quality and then, Willie, where will your share price go??
    We need urgent change at the top!
    Rant over!

    • BA hasn’t exhibited at Business Travel Show for years. If they did, more likely they’d bring the VR simulator.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Not that I will pretend that I know the ins of outs of BA’s IT issues but

      Not every issue at a large corporation is because of penny pinching. Sometimes (often) lots of money is being thrown at ineffective projects loaded with waste and poor performing staff/managers.

      If you believe all the issues are due to outsourcing then would question what state the IT was handed over in.

      • Shoestring says:

        wasn’t a lot of it caused by shoving all the different systems into Fly (even if it was a bad fit)?

        [BA has been dogged by technical issues after upgrading its check-in system in 2016. The technology, Fly, is believed to combine old systems covering seat allocation, bags, passport checks and paperwork such as visas for visiting countries including the US. It failed seven times in little over a year after it was installed.]

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      You’re calling for the Cruzifiers blood, but he will just be replaced as someone as equally bad

  5. Scottydogg says:

    OT
    Has anyone used Combine my avios recently ? i cant get it to work , either logging in through Avios or BA . getting error messages . I want to book an Aerlingus flight that isnt showing on BA executive .
    Have thought about phoning BA to book it , but will i then be paying more avios that way as the aer lingus flights are classed as ‘off peak; ‘ on Avios.co.uk.
    Also , last time i phoned BA for a price on my mobile , the call cost about £16 !

    • Did it fine last week when we were pricing up Iberia flights for an article. Went via avios.com.

    • Shoestring says:

      go into your AerClub avios.com a/c and do transfers to/ from BAEC and IB from there as a ‘middleman’

      easy to set up an AerClub a/c if you don’t have one

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