British Airways just recently took delivery of their first Airbus A350-1000, which represents a huge step forward in the carrier’s effort to renew their fleet. The A350 is not only fuel efficient and a pleasure to fly as a passenger, but it’s also the plane on which British Airways debuted their new Club Suites.
Well, the airline has just revealed some details about the next step in their fleet renewal, involving the Boeing 787-10.
Coming January 2020: British Airways 787-10
British Airways has today formally announced that they’ll be taking delivery of their first Boeing 787-10 in January 2020. The airline has a total of 12 of these planes on order, with six expected to join the fleet in 2020.
This joins their existing fleet of 30 787s, including 12 787-8s, and 18 787-9s.
What’s Special About The 787?
The Boeing 787 is an incredibly fuel efficient aircraft. It’s known for having a carbon fiber fuselage, allowing the internal cabin altitude to be the equivalent of 6,000 feet, offering better humidity, and reducing the drying effect of the air.
The plane is also known for having big dimming windows, and for being quieter than previous generation aircraft.
The 787-10 specifically is the largest aircraft of the 787 family, so it’s the highest capacity, but it also has the shortest range. This shouldn’t be an issue for British Airways, though, given that they don’t operate many ultra long haul flights.
British Airways 787-10 Cabins
British Airways’ 787-10s will be in a four cabin configuration, meaning that they’ll feature first class (unlike the similarly sized A350-1000s, which don’t have first class).
British Airways’ 787-10s will feature just 256 seats, including:
- Eight first class seats
- 48 business class seats
- 35 premium economy seats
- 165 economy seats
This will be a very premium heavy aircraft, as you can probably tell based on the seatmap above.
The eight first class seats will be very similar to their current 787-9 first class seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration.
In business class they’ll have the new British Airways Club Suites, which are reverse herringbone seats with doors. These newly delivered 787s having Club Suites will contribute towards British Airways having these seats throughout their fleet by 2023.
It’s funny to see that the business class seats will have doors, while the first class seats won’t.
British Airways’ First 787-10 Route
British Airways has also revealed that their first 787-10 route will be London Heathrow to Atlanta, and it’s expected that the route will feature the plane as of February 2020. We don’t yet know the exact date of the change, as the schedule hasn’t yet been updated to reflect this change.
The route currently operates with the following schedule:
BA227 London to Atlanta departing 2:20PM arriving 6:50PM
BA226 Atlanta to London departing 9:05PM arriving 10:00AM (+1 day)
Prior to this change the route will be operated by a Boeing 787-9, so the change to the 787-10 has the following implications:
- First class will maintain the same eight seats
- Business class capacity will increase from 42 to 48, but the quality of the seats will be increasing greatly
- Premium economy capacity will be decreasing from 39 to 35
- Economy capacity will be increasing from 127 to 165
British Airways will soon take delivery of their first 787-10, which is another big step in British Airways renewing their fleet. It’s great that these planes will be in a four class configuration, and will feature Club Suites.
That being said, overall I still have a preference for the A350-1000 in terms of comfort.