Current Boeing 787s (787-8 aircraft) operated by British Airways are configured with business class, premium economy, and economy seating.
However according to Australian Business Traveller,
British Airways is planning a new first class cabin for its forthcoming Boeing 787-9 fleet in a further evolution of the current design seen on its Airbus A380s.
…Van der Post has now confirmed that the long-range Boeing 787-9, which it will begin flying next year, will also have a small number of First suites at the pointy end.
“It may not be a full cabin of 12 to 14 seats, it will be a little bit smaller” van der Post told Australian Business Traveller.
The A380 seat is an evolution off of the 777/747 seat.
These photos are from the 777:
The 777 feels a bit more private, the 747 more open. They have perhaps the most stylish first class cabin, at least to my tastes. In both the 747 and 777 the seat is somewhat narrow.
I’m truly unimpressed by BA’s first class ground experience (including the Concorde Room). Their pajamas are good and the amenity kits are as well. Their champagne selection is thoughtful though not close to my top choice. Service and food are British.
Nonetheless first class is better than business. And I like to see more planes with more first class seats in a world where many airlines are dropping first class products and beefing up their business class offerings.
British Airways has improved the seat on their A380 (same basic seat, but the surrounding suite is larger). So hopefully the space surrounding the seat will be similarly better on their 787-9s.
(HT: Traveling Better)
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