This is our guide to picking the best seat on the British Airways Boeing 787-10 aircraft.
Whilst British Airways currently has just a handful of 787-10s in its fleet, it is set to have a total of 12 when it completes delivery. You might recognise the aircraft from its large windows with electronic dimming rather than traditional window shades.
The 787-10 is the largest variant in the 787 family. British Airways operates all three – the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 – in its fleet.
Like the A350,the 787 is one of the latest aircraft types featuring carbon-fibre structures which make it lighter and more fuel efficient and allow for a lower cabin pressurisation altitude which help to reduce the effects of jet lag.
You can find out what aircraft is operating your British Airways flight by following the steps in this guide. If it isn’t an Boeing 787-10, here are our other long-haul seating guides:
- Airbus A350
- Airbus A380
- Boeing 787-8
- Boeing 787-9
- Boeing 787-10
- Boeing 747
- Boeing 777
British Airways Boeing 787-10 seat map
Here is the full seat map for BA’s 787-10s. Click to enlarge:
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 787-10!
What are the best First class seats on the British Airways 787-10?
Like the 787-9, BA’s 787-10 features an exclusive First class cabin.
British Airways uses the newest generation of its First seat on these aircraft, originally launched in 2015 on the 787-9. There are 8 seats in the First class cabin on BA’s 787-10s, in a 1-2-1 layout across two rows. This makes it a very private and intimate cabin.
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. Seats along the outside are angled towards the window whilst the aisle seats are angled towards each other:
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.
If you are travelling alone, seat 2K is an excellent option as it is on the quieter side of the aircraft. You sacrifice the ‘prestige’ of being in the first row for being a few feet further from the galley where cabin crew prepare meals.
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! 1E and 1F are a good choice here.
Best Club World / Club Suite (business class) seats on a BA 787-10
The 787-10 is the first variant in the 787 family to get British Airways’ new business class seat called Club Suite. This means that you are guaranteed the latest and most modern business class experience of BA’s fleet.
There are 48 business class seats on BA’s 787-10s in a 1-2-1 configuration. 26 are in a larger, forward cabin, whilst the remaining 22 are separated by a galley in a smaller second cabin.
Club Suite 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.
7A and 7K
The last row of Club World seats also have both a window AND direct aisle access. The only trade-off is that they are last to be served and you may not get your first choice.
Best World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats on a BA 787-10
There are 35 World Traveller Plus seats on a British Airways 787-10. Which one is the best?
The premium economy seats are situated in a single cabin behind Club World in rows 10 to 13. There are seven seats per row in a 2-3-2 layout.
Each seat is 18.5″ wide with a 38″ seat pitch (the gap between the back of the seat in front and yours) and comes with a 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 best row is row 10 which is the first row of the World Traveller Plus cabin. This row has the most legroom as there is nobody sitting in front of you. There are also no lavatories or galleys between the Club World and World Traveller Plus cabin to be concerned about.
The snag is that some of these seats are likely to be bassinet seats and may feature a baby! (Babies sleep a lot though and are generally less disruptive than you might imagine, except during take off and landing when the change in pressure can distress them.) You will also be the first to receive food if you are in Row 10. Note that your in flight entertainment screen and tray table will be stored in your armrest.
Best World Traveller (economy) seats on a BA 787-8
There are 165 economy seats on BA’s 787-10 in a 3-3-3 configuration, between rows 20 and 41.
World Traveller (economy) is divided into two cabins behind World Traveller Plus, divided by an emergency exit and toilets.
Each seat has a 17.6″ width, 31″ seat pitch, a 10″ screen in the seat-back in front.
The best seats are likely to be at the front of the cabin, in rows 20 and 21. These are closest to the exit, meaning you would be the first economy passengers to disembark.
Seats 20D, E, F and 21 A, B, C, H, J, K should have additional leg room as there are no seats in front, but be aware that your tray table and inflight entertainment screen are stored in the armrest. You are also likely to get your first choice of food.
Row 30 also gets additional legroom, since it is the first row of the second half of the economy cabin.
The further back down the cabin you go, the worse the seats get. You are closer to the lavatories and galley which may be noisy with cabin crew preparing meals and other passengers frequenting the toilet. You will also be the very last to disembark the plane.