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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)

  • BJ says:

    OT: New 10% amex offer for Morrisons on two of my cards today. Valid through 4 December, First 49998 registrations.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yes annoyingly after I’ve just put a load through my SPG. Could have worked towards the 2-4-1 spend target.

    • Rob says:

      Do gift cards in store always get the discount?

      • mark2 says:

        Yes, if you can find a store with stock; you are competing with 50,000 people on this offer. Since the T&C say that you cannot get the offer on gift cards they do not stock up, although you would think that approaching Christmas the racks would be loaded.
        Also, depending on store, you may have to pay for each card separately but they all count.
        I have never received an email for Morrison’s offers.

        • Shoestring says:

          my M’s was fully loaded with Amazon gcs yesterday, not that I need more Amz credit!

          but 10% off diesel, I’m in

        • Steve-B says:

          Yep, max of £50 per transaction in the M store that I visited today. Supervisor code wouldn’t override. Had a rather large queue behind me afterwards 😳. Lots of Amazon and JL cards though.

      • PJJ says:

        Check the extra T&C you might see Gift Cards are excluded

    • Kevin C says:

      Comes for me the day after the last offer ended.
      I was only allowed to buy one John Lewis gift card as it was ‘one per customer.’ There was no restriction on Amazon cards.

      • Harry T says:

        The JL gift cards can only be purchased in a total amount of £50 per transaction. You can just get a friendly cashier to put them through as separate transactions.

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T Iberia Icon (same as BAPP, more or less) pointing the way today – cardholders get up to 50% off Avios redemptions, eg *Business* from Madrid:
    Sao Paolo 21250 + EUR86
    Buenos Aires 25500 + EUR96
    New York 17000 + EUR118
    Shanghai 29750 + EUR96

    Roberto – you in on the action?

    • marcw says:

      Yep, it’s the most generous travel credit card in Europe. This TWICE a year, no spending requirement. If you pend over 9K a year, you also get OW Ruby thrown in (almost nothing, but better than no status).

      • Rob says:

        AND it’s an interchange-fee capped Visa/MC product! I think UK card companies got too big and fat in the good old days and are unwilling to refashion themselves for this new environment.

  • Craig says:

    Atlanta, probably the most disappointing lounge I’ve ever experienced. It was almost as bad as Cuba but at least for that one my expectations were low.

  • Mikeact says:

    I’m going to book that route today to squeeze in the Avios 10% off, and just hope I can change when the final inaugural dates are confirmed. If I change, I guess I’ll lose the 10% discount unfortunately? A nice ride from Atlanta down to our destination….Greenville .

  • ahop says:

    OT: Any rumours on the Amex Central London pop-up lounge this year?

  • Sarah says:

    Any test flight to Europe for 787-10?

    • Craig says:

      I wouldn’t have thought so, the only real operating difference will probably be the number of cabin crew.

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        i guess there might be, a Jan 2020 delivery for a Feb 2020 launch on to Atlanta?

        They’ll be some crews who probably haven’t had experience of club suite yet who fly the 787?

  • Craig says:

    I wonder if the use of the -10 is partly about freight? Does anyone know how much BA shift through Atlanta?

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      i think it’s just a good test route tbh, no risk of messing up and upsetting the millionaires on LHR-BOS/JFK

  • Gringo says:

    BA passengers face delays after ‘technical issue’