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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)

  • C says:

    OT, sorry. Does an amex MR transfer to Marriott Bonvoy count as ‘qualifying activity’ for a newly enrolled Bonvoy account, so that that account can then transfer points to other accounts and buy points within 30 days of enrollment rather than waiting 90 days?

    • Alan says:

      It counts as ‘qualifying activity’ based on my statement showing * for a recent transfer.

      No idea regarding your second question.

      • C says:

        Thanks – the terms say that an account having qualifying activity can transfer point to/from other members within 30 days of opening, whereas if they do not have qualifying activity then they have to wait 90 days from opening. So if a MR transfer counts as qualifying activity then the 30 day period should apply!

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    OT – big downgrade to Halifax Reward account from 1 Feb – earnings now capped at £5 per month with fee remaining same at £2 per month. Shame as I was doing quite nicely on this earning around £15 per month from my DD.

    Time to close the account I guess and look for a different option

    • Shoestring says:

      that’s not a £5 limit on Cashyback Extras, though?

      • Andrew says:

        Try again without using the Haliax’s trademark name…

        No, different thing.

        I do rather nicely out of “Everyday Offers” on BoS and “redacted Extras” on the white label. Been fortunate enough to have had almost “£900” returned on “It’s on Us” between two transactions this year plus several hundred returned on regular shopping.

        It’s certainly shifted the dynamic from always using my Amex card to being very mindful of the opportunities for using my regular BoS debit card.

        • Shoestring says:

          I noticed this morning that you do actually have to turn on/ opt into Halifax Cashyback Extras – I was wondering why my son’s new a/c had no offers! Wife & I both have Co-Op 5% but don’t forget you need to ignore that, wait 1-2 months then you get 10% – 10% off £300 of your council tax, that is! – hoping for minimum £90 off in the next few months (3x £30).

          And signing up for the free Halifax current a/c takes 2 mins online then 5 mins in branch to show them your passport…https://www.halifax.co.uk/bankaccounts/current-accounts/reward-current-account/

          • BJ says:

            Having similar issues with my new Club Lloyds account. It is showing the win thin Andrew refers to but I need to activate the offer and I cannot see how to do so. On the Halifax variant there is an activate button but not on my Lloyds app. So far that is the only offer showing and I’ve had the account over a month.

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      And I meant NatWest Rewards – nothing to do with Halifax other than their apps sit next to each other on my phone….

      • EwanG says:

        A potential softener for this blow is, if your Natwest or RBS Rewards account is a joint account, you could (each) open a sole Rewards account, then do whatever you need to trigger the £5 back for the £2 fee. A bit more faff, but not on the Vitality level!
        Mind you, an extra £3 per month is not going to make you rich, and nothing compared to what Andrew has achieved this year!!

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    OT: Can I use virgin miles LAX-JFK/BOS in premium cabins?

  • Harry T says:

    OT, no bits:
    Any recommendations for hotels in Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney?

    I’m Hilton and Marriott Gold but I’m more concerned about great views and a wonderful hotel than acquiring points or using status.

    Still deciding whether to do Sydney and Melbourne with NSW, or try and do Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in my two week trip in March…

    • Jill (Kinkell) says:

      We stayed ( 5 years ago) in the Intercontinental in Sydney. Club room with access to Lounge on top floor. Fab views of Opera House and Harbour Bridge from our room and lounge. I remember the Lounge as being very good.

      • APPL says:

        Stayed at Intercontinental Sydney last year. Lounge was indeed very good, with great views. Had similar view from the room. Used AMB weekend certificate for Club room. If you’re there over weekend, might be worth buying Ambassador.

    • BJ says:

      OT @Harry, @Jill, @TripReport and others using INV: You might find it worthwhile booking any outstanding trips within the next few weeks as things might (or not ) change. Please do not ask because I’m not saying anything else.

    • Jen T says:

      We stayed at the Shangri-la in Sydney both times we visited (2017 and 2018). Club level definitely recommended – the service is excellent and the views are brilliant. It provides a peaceful place for breakfast, or very early cuppas if you are struggling to adapt to time difference – a totally different experience to what you get in the ‘main’ restaurant. Add in free drinks at various times and afternoon tea, and it was definitely worth it. First year we booked with Amex Travel (very good price on there) and second time with Emyr through HFP. Points earned also got us some free drinks in the Shard bar when we got home! Nowhere as notable for Brisbane and Melbourne – average but good places all over the place.

    • DaveL says:

      Just to add to the various suggestions… We stayed in the Four Seasons Sydney last month. Fantastic stay. Booked via Emyr and we got breakfast, room credit and a partial harbour view room upgrade. Provided you sat in the right place in the room (!) we had a fantastic view of the Opera House. Room was recently refurbished. The location was unbeatable, right across from the harbour. All for an average £175 a night, though it will depend heavily on dates…

      • Harry T says:

        Thanks, that sounds wonderful. The Four Seasons is featured prominently on Amex FHR too.

  • Nick says:

    “……these events are just a good excuse to get boozy….”

    Presumably this is why just two HfP articles today rather than the usual 3? Sore heads for Rhys and Rob this morning?

  • JonathanW says:

    That explains why it is now virtually impossible to get a first class 2 for 1 on this flight. However as I booked a flight last May for April 2010 on the Atlanta run in First , my wife and I are seated in the much smaller First cabin but unable to get a reward flight for next October so will have had to slum it in Business!

  • Anna says:

    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!

    • Crafty says:

      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.

  • 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.