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Which European routes are British Airways flying with flat beds in Business Class?

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If you are missing your Club World flat bed, there is good news. British Airways is currently rostering its Boeing 787 aircraft on a number of European routes so if you book yourself into Club Europe you are in for a pleasant surprise.

None of the Boeing 787 fleet have the new Club Suite seat yet, but I’m sure you can survive Club World at a push ….

This is where you can find them. These dates are based on the timetable for next week but the dates should remain steady throughout August:

British Airways short haul routes using Boeing 787

The times represent the Heathrow departure time – obviously there will be a matching return flight a few hours later.


  • Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday (all 08.20)


  • Monday (09.10), Thursday (09.25)


  • Wednesday (13.20), Saturday (13.20)


  • Wednesday, Sunday (all 09.35)


  • Friday (09.50)


  • Wednesday (10.55)


  • Friday (07.10)

Rome (Boeing 777, not a Boeing 787)

  • Friday, Sunday (both 08.20)

In addition, Iberia is still running an A350 on various flights between Heathrow and Madrid.

BA British Airways 787-9 shows you the aircraft type before you book

When you are booking a flight on, click on the ‘Flight Details’ link during the booking process. Part of the data that pops up is the aircraft type which is scheduled.

You can use our British Airways Boeing 787-8 ‘best seats’ guide to decide where to sit. If your aircraft seat plan shows a First Class cabin then you need to toggle to our Boeing 787-9 seat guide.

These flights come with a warning

When you book a British Airways flight, you are not contractually booking a certain aircraft type. If British Airways decides to swap the aircraft to a standard short haul plane, you do not have any grounds to change or refund your flight.

That said, you can refund a cash ticket for a Future Travel Voucher, or pay the standard fees to cancel an Avios booking.

If a particular flight is being run for cargo reasons then it is unlikely to switch. It is also possible, however, that BA is running these flights to give some flying hours to their 787 pilots and aircraft, keeping them airworthy, in which case it is easier to swap services about.

If you are planning a trip to any of the destinations on the list above, these are the flights to focus on. It should be easier than usual to get Avios seats given the greater capacity.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

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Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (26)

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  • jotaele says:

    Sorry for the OT. AXA is requesting a “booking invoice” as part of the documentation needed for a delayed bag claim. BA agent directs me to a complaints form where I can’t select “booking invoice” as an option. Anyone has gone through this before?

    • Dubious says:

      Would this be another phrase for ‘receipt’ or ‘e-ticket receipt’ in BA lingo?

    • 1ATL says:

      You probably got this to your email when (if) you booked on

    • Mikeact says:

      Try posting this on todays chat for any topic other than this particular article.

  • Luke says:

    I’m waiting for Netherlands to allow vaccinated Brits, hopefully won’t be too much longer. I’ve got a Eurostar voucher so will probably do London > ‘dam via Eurostar direct train then fly back.

  • Will in SFO says:

    Did this on the 789 a couple of years ago back from MAD. We managed to snag two seats in First with CE service.

    Outbound was on the 763 which, in a way due to its impending retirement, was more of the highlight for my inner Av Geek!

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