This is our guide to picking the best seat on the British Airways 777 aircraft.
British Airways operates two different versions of the Boeing 777 aircraft. The majority are the 777-200, whilst a handful are the longer 777-300.
If that isn’t confusing enough, British Airways has nine (yes NINE!) different seating variants across both types, although it is starting to refit the aircraft with its new business class Club Suite which should help reduce the number of variants.
You can find out what aircraft is operating your British Airways flight by following the steps in this guide. If it isn’t a Boeing 777, here are our other long-haul seating guides:
How do you select a seat on British Airways?
British Airways permits seat selection from the time of booking.
Some Executive Club members get free seat selection via their Silver or Gold status. However, for everyone else, you have to pay a fee. This even includes passengers in Club World or Club Suite business class, which is very unusual. Most airlines which charge for seat selection only charge in their Economy cabins, but not British Airways. The only cabin where seat selection is free is First Class.
You can read the British Airways seat selection rules in our article here. This guide will help you choose the best seats on BA’s Boeing 777s!
What are the best First class seats on the British Airways Boeing 777?
Some, although not all, of BA’s Boeing 777 fleet have a first class cabin. Whilst you can find the newest version of BA’s first class seat on the 787, it’s Boeing 777 fleet feature a slightly older version.
Some of BA’s 777 feature 12, 14 or 17 seats, whilst recent refurbishments feature just 8 first class seats. These are arranged in a 1-2-1 layout: everyone has direct aisle access.
Unlike BA’s latest business class Club Suite seat upgrade, the First seats do not feature a closing door. However, they remain very private with an enclosed shell.
Let’s be honest – there are no ‘bad’ seats in the first class cabin, with all seats virtually identical. However, you may prefer to select the following based upon your personal preferences. You may want to factor in your proximity to the galley and lavatory when selecting a seat, as these are typically the noisier parts of an aircraft.
If you are travelling alone, seat 2A and 2K are excellent options as they are slightly removed from the forward toilets. You sacrifice the ‘prestige’ of being in the first row for being a few feet further from the galley where cabin crew prepare meals. Failing this, any of the window seats will get you a window (obviously) and a solo seat with no neighbour.
For people travelling in pairs, the middle seats are the obvious choice. These have a retractable divider which you can keep lowered if you want to have a chat or raise if you are fed up of each other! However, for those couples who can cope with being a few feet apart for a few hours, you may still prefer two window seats, one behind the other. This is Rob’s first choice when travelling without kids!
Best Club World / Club Suite (business class) seats on a BA Boeing 777
British Airways is in the process of refurbishing its Boeing 777 aircraft with the new Club Suite business class seat. The majority of the Boeing 777-200 should be complete by 2020 with the 777-300 following in 2021. You can find out if you are on a refurbished aircraft by looking at the seat map, which should look like this if it is the new Club Suite:
…whilst the old, legacy Club World seating looks like this:
You can read our review of Club Suite here. It looks like this:
It is a genuine game changer for British Airways. As the name suggests Club Suite is an enclosed ‘suite’ with a door that can be closed during cruise. Unlike the legacy Club World cabin with its yin and yang layout, all the Club Suites face forward, albeit slightly angled toward the window or middle.
British Airways is the first European airline to have a business class suite with a fully closing door. Each seat now has direct aisle access – no more climbing over someone else’s feet! – as well as plenty of storage, a large sturdy tray table and an 18.5” in flight entertainment screen.
The good news is that there are no truly bad seats in Club Suite. We do not recommend that you pay for seat selection because it isn’t worth the money.
Couples may prefer the middle pairs which have a removable partition so that you can see and talk to each other.
Best World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats on a BA Boeing 777
The premium economy seats are situated behind Club World. There are eight seats per row in a 2-4-2 layout.
Each seat has a 38″ seat pitch (the gap between the back of the seat in front and yours) and comes with a 10-12″ screen in the seatback in front of you and USB charging.
Couples are likely to enjoy the window seats where you can have two seats together. It makes no sense to take two seats in the middle block. You might be tempted to pay for a seat reservation in order to guarantee a window pair.
The first row of World Traveller Plus typically gets additional legroom. Be aware, however, that the in flight entertainment screen and tray table are stored in the armrest and therefore cannot be used during take-off and landing.
Best World Traveller (economy) seats on a BA Boeing 777
Whilst it is hard to recommend specific seats because of the number of Boeing 777 vairants BA flies, there are some general rules for better seats.
The first row of World Traveller typically gets additional legroom. Be aware, however, that the in flight entertainment screen and tray table are stored in the armrest and therefore cannot be used during take-off and landing.
Passengers at the front of the economy cabin also typically get their first choice of meal and are first to disembark the plane, which may be an important consideration.
You may also wish to avoid areas around galleys and lavatories as these are likely to be noisier.