British Airways Retrofitting Boeing 787s With Club Suites

British Airways Retrofitting Boeing 787s With Club Suites

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In 2019, British Airways introduced its new Club Suites business class, featuring direct aisle access and doors. This marks a massive improvement to the carrier’s business class experience. As is always the case when new business class products are introduced, the big question is the timeline with which the seats will be rolled out.

There’s now a positive update on that front for British Airways.

British Airways 787-8s & 787-9s getting Club Suites as of late 2023

As far as British Airways’ Club Suites rollout schedule goes, the airline has been taking delivery of Airbus A350-1000s and Boeing 787-10s with the new business class product. On top of that, the airline has been reconfiguring Boeing 777s with these new seats. However, up until now there has been no firm indication of when Boeing 787-8s and Boeing 787-9s would get a makeover.

Fortunately we now have an update, as noted on FlyerTalk. British Airways has updated its schedule to suggest that some Boeing 787s will be retrofitted with the new Club Suites this year. Specifically, as of late 2023, the following Boeing 787-8 routes show a new seatmap:

  • London Heathrow to Montreal as of December 3, 2023
  • London Heathrow to Baltimore as of December 5, 2023
New Club Suites 787-8 seatmap

I should of course mention that this remains highly subject to change this far out. I’ll take it a step further — it’s likely that this won’t stick. However, it does paint a clear picture that British Airways intends to introduce the first retrofitted 787s with Club Suites before the end of 2023, which is great news.

Previously we just knew that British Airways was likely intending to retrofit 787s in 2024 and 2025. Going back to 2019, British Airways’ plan had been to introduce the product on retrofitted 787s as of 2021, but the pandemic caused that work to be postponed.

More British Airways 787s are getting Club Suites

How is British Airways reconfiguring 787s?

How should we expect the layouts of British Airways’ Boeing 787s to change as they’re reconfigured?

British Airways Boeing 787-8s will go from having 214 seats to having 204 seats, resulting in a capacity reduction of 10 seats:

  • Business class will go from 35 seats to 31 seats
  • Premium economy will to from 25 seats to 37 seats
  • Economy will go from 154 seats to 136 seats

As you can see, while there’s a small reduction in business class seats, British Airways is betting big on premium economy.

Meanwhile British Airways Boeing 787-9s will go from having 216 seats to having 215 seats, resulting in a capacity reduction of one seat:

  • First class will maintain eight seats
  • Business class will go from 42 seats to 38 seats
  • Premium economy will maintain 39 seats
  • Economy will go from 127 seats to 130 seats

There’s not nearly as much of a change to the Boeing 787-9 configuration, as I imagine we’re not seeing most cabin dividers moved.

British Airways’ Club Suites business class

Bottom line

British Airways is expected to start the process of retrofitting existing Boeing 787s with its new Club Suites business class as of late 2023. The current plan seem so be to first install this on Boeing 787-8s, and you can expect them to be flying as of the fall of 2023.

On top of that, we’re seeing some general changes to cabin layouts here. On the Boeing 787-8, we’ll also see a significant increase in premium economy capacity.

What do you make of British Airways reconfiguring its Boeing 787s?

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  1. Andrew Augustin Guest

    Booked flight 284 awhile ago because it was showing the new seats on the 777, then received an email stating seat change to the old style. I'm hoping it gets changed back.

  2. Rich Guest

    The reconfigurations are needed. We've try to book AA instead of BA to be sure of lie-flat business seats.

    1. Jordan Gold

      Hmm, but BA has had lie-flat seats in business class for 20 years. All of their current biz seats are lie-flat.

  3. Riaz Osmani Guest

    Want to see one of these BA 787-8s in Dhaka after the retrofit. Daily flights please, thank you!

  4. Dave Guest

    Given BA's track record with 777 retrofits, this will also be slow

  5. Jones Guest

    Why are so many windows missing between the 1st and 2nd set of doors (seemingly on both sides of the plane) on BA's 787s?

    1. The Specialist Guest

      That is the First Class Cabin on the 787-9 and 787-10. Each seat has two windows then a blank. Similar on all the four class 777-200 and 300 aircraft. The three class 777s don’t have a first cabin so the windows appear ‘normal’

  6. Hodor Guest

    Hopefully they will add wifi to their full 787 fleet as well...

  7. Creditcrunch Diamond

    Wonderful news, I hope the A380 will be retrofitted soon as well, oh and bring back the little between the seats table on Club Europe!

  8. ConcordeBoy Diamond

    Hooray, no more collapse-in-the-middle-of-your-sleep ottoman, on British Airways Club seats.

    Now if only they'd stop charging for premium seat selection....

  9. Frederik Guest

    This is great news, as the BA 787 version of their old business class was one of the worst in the industry, much more cramped than on the 747 or a380. And the new product is a major improvement.

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Andrew Augustin Guest

Booked flight 284 awhile ago because it was showing the new seats on the 777, then received an email stating seat change to the old style. I'm hoping it gets changed back.

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JB Guest

coming right up sir

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Jordan Gold

Hmm, but BA has had lie-flat seats in business class for 20 years. All of their current biz seats are lie-flat.

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