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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

If you are not familiar with Club Suite it is the new British Airways business class seat. This article explains Club Suite in detail including where you can fly it.

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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Comments (116)

  • Ian says:

    Quote “ 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.”

    Surely this means that the club suite will be smaller.

    • The Original David says:

      I’m struggling with the geometry of that too. Presumably the wall-to-wall width of the suite will be smaller, but the seat itself could be the same width if it’s rotated a bit. But a 787 cabin is only 12 cm narrower than an A350, so that’s only 3 cm they need to find per suite from the rotation. Maybe even less if they can squeeze each aisle by a centimetre or two.

      • George Kassouf says:

        click on the image https://headforpoints.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/British-Airways-787-10-seat-map.png

        imagine the seats as matchsticks or if your have a poor sense of spatial awareness, go get some knives and forks from the cutlery drawer.

        you can alter the width of the seat space used & number of seats (whilst keeping the aisle width constant) just by changing the angle you’re positioning the matchsticks/ knives & forks in the seat space – all whilst keeping the actual space needed by each seat/ match/ knife/ fork as a constant

        • The Original David says:

          … all of which would make sense if we’re only considering the footprint of the actual seat. But given the “suite” includes the storage space and surfaces either side of the seat, some of which overlaps with the footwell of the seat behind, surely something has to be narrower there. You can’t put the wall 3cm closer to the edge of the plane and still have the same width of suite, whichever way you point the seat.

          Obviously only a few cm in it though, and still infinitely more surface space than the current CW offering.

    • Lady London says:

      It means seat pitch might go down?

  • Waddle says:

    Apologies for the OT.
    I made an advance booking a while back for a weekend at Hilton Paris Opera and due to check in tomorrow. The booking was made on my Amex Green to trigger the Hilton £50 back offer. The money has not been taken yet but I lost my card last week and since had it replaced. I was originally just going to sort this out at the hotel have them charge my new green card. However, Ms Waddle has just been taken extremely ill which means we will likely not be able to make this stay. Is there anything I can do about this to not be charged? Should I call the hotel or Hilton directly to explain the situation?

    • marcw says:

      Call the hotel directly and ask nicely.

      • Shoestring says:

        yep all the card stuff is irrelevant

        the only way is why asking the hotel (Hilton CS will say the same) – or some insurance policies might cover this situation

      • Lady London says:

        They are more likely to be réceptive to a reschedule than a refund/cancellation. If it’s cancelling you want then Amex Plat should cover if you have it. Otherwise check the termes of any other Insurance you have before calling, if you can do so promptly.

    • Evan says:

      I was in a similar position in May with the Conrad Algarve – paid in advance on my plat to get the credit, whatever it was at the time.. .I just cancelled and claimed on my Nat West Black insurance as I could prove the illness etc. I did get the money back. Took a while.

    • Peter K says:

      I hope Mrs Waddle fully recovers soon.

  • Rich says:

    Atlanta is also famous for Martin Luther King, is close to Augusta, is home to CNN, Blue Mountains for a road trip etc. with a fairly high crime rate thrown in but it isn’t quite as bad as you infer Rhys and the BA yield people will have done the math.

    • Scallder says:

      +1 for the Civil Rights insights – the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is impressive. You can give the Coke experience a swerve though!

      You definitely should visit the aquarium though, it is indeed very impressive. You can also do behind the scenes experiences to ‘meet’ and help feed some of the animals. My wife loves sea otters so I organised that as a surprise for her which went down very well!

      We had 2 days in the city as a start point for a road trip around the Deep South back in 2017 which was enough, so wouldn’t suggest spending much more time there.

      • AndyGWP says:

        We did two nights on a similar (sounding) road trip last year – agree and it was enough for us too

        • Scallder says:

          Hey Andy – we did Atlanta (2 nights) – Nashville (4 nights) – Memphis (2 nights) – Natchez, LA (1 night), New Orleans (5 nights) – Mobile, AL (1 night – just due to en route location) – Montgomery, AL (1 night). This was before BA launched their Nashville and New Orleans routes (from memory) but was a great trip!

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      I’m guess Rhys isn’t massively into hip hop either.

  • Dave S says:

    So BA will have a first class product with not much privacy but a “better” business class product.
    Not sure that makes much sense for first class passengers.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      First is still better than club suites.

    • Jonathan says:

      We have flown first on the 787 and really didn’t see any issue with privacy. Your fellow passengers are far away and the angles meant that we didn’t “see” anyone.

  • Mark says:

    “The 787-10 is the longest version, both in terms of physical length and flying range, ”

    The -10 actually has the shortest range of the three 787 variants.

  • Jamesay says:

    Dear God.. 3 toilets for 57 Club World passengers !!!! That’s nearly 10 people to a toilet in what is expected to be a “premium” service. Unacceptable!!

    • The Original David says:

      Would you like to borrow my calculator?

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      Don’t get angry at 7am….its a bad start to the day…

    • Shoestring says:

      some slight exaggeration at the possible inconvenience here

      just checked on our Xmas flight out and it’s likely to be rows 8-28 (x6 across) sharing 2 loos, so 120 people or 60 people per loo

      sure, it’s a short flight vs CW to Atlanta but I don’t think that factor matters unless you think a lot of people ‘hold themselves/ plan the loo needs’ and don’t use the loo on a short flight on purpose

      and typically a queue builds up at various times, I’ve never had to wait more that about 10 mins if it’s 6 or 7 deep in the queue

      compare that to 3 loos for 57, so 19 people per loo – 3x better ratio than on my flight and at worst a 3 minute wait

      any more than 3 loos and the CW loo space is wasted/ redundant

      • The Original David says:

        Not sure why, but your post got me thinking: why don’t we see urinals on planes? Having a trough along the outside wall of the toilet cubicle would speed things up a lot, and let’s be honest, how many people are actually going to be taking a dump on a 12 hour flight…?

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      But only one at a time, do not as crowded as you suggest 😀

    • Charlieface says:

      Best is Lufthansa Group’s A330 setup which is a huge bank of toilets down a little staircase in the hold. Obvs you still need 1 accessible but that also leaves space for more seats. Bear in mind the hold is usually maxed for weight, not space. I heard they were ripping them out for some odd reason, not sure if it’s true.

    • Lady London says:

      If it’s that bad on J how awful is it in Y?

  • Anna says:

    Atlanta is a massively used connecting hub even if it’s not a major destination in itself. With the US and Caribbean being so poorly served from MAN, many people use Atlanta to connect to other parts of the US (e.g. Orlando at peak times when direct flights are ridiculously expensive) and to the Caribbean islands with Delta. There can be surprisingly little award availability on BA at peak times which suggests that families are also using the route from LHR.

  • Zoe says:

    There was no BA redemption availability when my daughter needed to start her year in South Carolina and even Virgin only had room in Premium Economy. We got BA flights in mid December to visit her but didn’t see any of Atlanta.