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British Airways Boeing 787-8 fleet getting Club Suite – Autumn flights showing at ba.com

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The British Airways Boeing 787-8 fleet will be the next to get its latest business class seat as the Club Suite rollout progresses.

Some beady-eyed FlyerTalkers spotted the changes on flights to Baltimore and Montreal for later this year. The seat maps are showing a 1-2-1 layout, which would indicate a Club Suite refurbishment, and British Airways has confirmed the move to us.

Club Suite is BA’s new business class seat, first unveiled in 2019 on the brand new A350s. It is a big step up from the now dated yin-yang layout first introduced in 2006. Our full guide to Club Suite is here.

British Airways 787 Club Suite

British Airways is installing Club Suite on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners

The Boeing 787-8 is the smallest variant in the Dreamliner family, and a whole 11 metres shorter than the 787-10, the largest variant.

BA uses its 787-8 for long, low volume, routes, predominantly to the United States. It is also often the aircraft that British Airways uses to launch new routes such as Cincinnati, which is new this year.

According to Cirium, British Airways currently has 787-8s scheduled to fly to the following destinations this summer:

  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Buenos Aires
  • Chennai
  • Cincinnati
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Islamabad
  • Montreal
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • San Jose (California)
  • Toronto

Looking at the new seat map for the Club Suite refurbished 787-8 aircraft, British Airways is reducing the overall seat count in favour of installing additional premium capacity:

  • 31 in Club World (business class) – down from 35
  • 37 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) – up from 25
  • 136 in World Traveller (economy) – down from 154

As before, the 787-8s do not feature a first class cabin.

It is not entirely surprising to see the business class cabin shrink by three seats, as Club Suite is marginally less dense than the old yin-yang style seat. It also makes sense to bump up the premium economy cabin as this is usually the most over-booked cabin on British Airways flights, and indeed the most profitable across many airlines.

British Airways Club Suite

How long will the Boeing 787-8 Club Suite refurbishment take?

BA has 12 Boeing 787-8s in its fleet. At current rates, it would take just under a year for those aircraft to be refurbished, although I’ve been told that we can expect a significant ramp-up of Club Suite seat deliveries this year as supply chain issues start to resolve themselves.

That said, British Airways has fallen short of refitting the entire Heathrow based fleet of Boeing 777s in 2022, which it committed to at the end of 2021. As of right now, there are nine aircraft still awaiting their makeover.

With that in mind, I thought I’d recap where we stand with BA’s Club Suite refurbishment program.

British Airways Club Suite

How many aircraft have Club Suite now?

Here are the latest fleet numbers as of January 2023, courtesy of travel and data analytics expert Cirium and Flyertalk.

British Airways currently has 53 long haul aircraft with the new Club Suite cabin:

  • 13 brand new A350s delivered between 2019 and 2021
  • 5 brand new 787-10s delivered last year
  • 25 777-200ERs that have been refitted
  • 10 777-300s (which also feature the new First Suite)

This equates to 51% (53 of 104) total long haul aircraft that currently have Club Suite installed, which is an improvement from 36% in October 2021. It also includes a number of new A350 and 787-10 deliveries, which have helped to increase the Heathrow fleet size from 97 to 104 aircraft.

Still outstanding is the 787-8 fleet (12 aircraft), the 787-9 fleet (18 aircraft), the A380 fleet (12 aircraft) and the remaining nine 777s.

How do I know if my flight features Club Suite?

By far the easiest way of checking whether you are in Club Suite is by checking the seat map on ba.com.

If the Club cabin is in a 1-2-1 layout like the image below then it is currently scheduled to have Club Suite.

All flights operated by an A350 or 787-10 are guaranteed to have Club Suite. Your chances are also extremely high if you are on a Boeing 777 from Heathrow, as almost 80% of the fleet has now been refurbished.

If you want to find out more about Club Suite, and why it is a big upgrade over the old seat, you can read our British Airways Club Suite guide here.


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Comments (75)

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  • SonicStar817 says:

    The configuration is 31J 37W and 136Y for the -8 per the seatmap on expertflyer.

  • Sunguy says:

    I was on what the cabin crew called “the first” 777 with club suite this past summer from JFK to LHR …. my seat was the first row of business port side – and was completely messed up – they needed an engineer to fix it (not sure exactly how, but the seat padding was all over the place, the seatbelts werent threaded either and the folds for the padding were well out, crew just couldnt get it sorted).

    My wifes seat, right behind me, the club suite door did not work at all … was stuck. Cabin crew mentioned that this seems to be a “normal” issue and is often caused by either passengers – or sometimes cleaners – pulling on the red handle, which removes the door from its runners….

    I hope this is not signs of how badly these suites age……

  • zark says:

    The Heathrow-Hong Kong twice daily flights were changed from B787-9’s with the old club seats to B777’s with the new seats starting with flights from 29/10/22. I was pleased.
    BA then switched back to B787-9’s with the old seats recently. I am disappointed as planning to use this service over the New Year.

    • Phillip says:

      Seems Male was also switched from 777 with Club Suite in NW to 787-9. Whether it remains…

  • Steve in Croydon says:

    Old capacity: 35 + 25 + 154 = 214
    New capacity: 31 + 37 + 136 = 204
    So a reduction of 10 seats overall. The business class cabin has shrunk by four seats, not three.

  • Gabriel says:

    “extremely high if you are on a Boeing 777 from Heathrow, as almost 80% of the fleet has now been refurbished”.
    FYI, any Barbados flight i have been on in the last 18 months does NOT have the club suite and thats flying out of LHR . Speculation that it maybe coming after Easter 2023??

  • marcw says:

    It’d be a LOT of work, but a detailed analysis of “business class capacity cuts” by BA prior to 2020 vs now/future would be extremely interesting. (and how it compares to competitors).

    • JDB says:

      You will find that in the IAG investor presentations on the website; there’s lots of detail. North America is back to where it was (despite withdrawal of 747) and to the extent capacity is slightly lower overall that’s because of APAC routes some of which have now resumed.

  • Robert says:

    I would love to know what routes those 787-10s are on

    • Phillip says:

      Just looking at the movements over the past few days:

      Doha
      Boston
      Seattle
      Portland
      Washington
      Denver
      New Orleans

      That’s 4 aircraft flying with G-ZBLG having arrived from Charleston on 29th December and only starting flights this week so far back and forth to Seattle.

  • rashomon says:

    Good to hear these upgrades are coming.

    I’m heading to Singapore in August … so looks like I’ll be the Yin Yang style for that right?

    • rashomon says:

      Interesting – just thought I’d check MMB and for my flight to SIN, the aircraft shown is a 777 … I’m sure it was a 787-9 when I booked.

      Depart at 19:30, Tue 01 Aug 2023
      Heathrow (London) Terminal 5
      BA0011
      Club World
      Confirmed
      Boeing 777 jet

      • rashomon says:

        Me again!

        So did some dummy bookings and for LHR-SIN route BA011 is showing Boeing 777 from 26th March onwards … BA015 is showing as 787 for the same dates so no change there.

        Let’s see – I may have lucked out if the BA011 777 to SIN is using the CS config as I was fully expecting a CW setup.

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