British Airways' first Boeing 787-10 will take wing January 2020

2020 will see BA ramp up the rollout of its Club Suite business class on new jets and old...

By David Flynn, August 28 2019

British Airways will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 in January 2020 as the airline strides into Phase 3 of the rollout of its new Club Suites business class – a period which will see factory-fresh Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 jetliners strutting the new Club Suites alongside upgrades to current aircraft.

British Airways will ramp up the rollout of its new Club Suite in 2020.

A critical difference between the Boeing 787-10 and the Airbus A350-1000 jets is that the new Dreamliners will include first class.

This will boost BA's premium trans-Atlantic fleet against Virgin Atlantic's own Airbus A350s boasting the challenger's latest Upper Class business class seats on the hotly-contested London-New York route.

Virgin Atlantic's Airbus A350 Upper Class seat will go head-to-head with the BA Club Suite.

BA's Boeing 787-10 is tipped to have eight First suites – the same number as the Boeing 787-9 and also the refreshed Boeing 777s which will begin flying between London and New York from October 27, 2019.

British Airways has previously indicated that this will be the new sweet spot for first class, with the airline moving away from larger First cabins in favour of more Club Suites.

What's yet to be revealed is the style of those new first class suites.

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz has previously indicated a refresh of the airline's current Boeing 787-9 First suites, which the airline internally refers to as the 'Prime' product, saying "This will be our best, current first class, upgraded".

British Airways is said to be refreshing its Boeing 787 first class suite.

Speaking with Executive Traveller, BA Design Lead Peter Cooke wouldn't be drawn on the details, saying only that "we’re constantly looking at what our next products are going to look like, at the constant evolution of the Prime seat."

BA is also cautious on outlining which current aircraft will be retrofitted with its Club Suites – and in some cases with the refreshed First suites – from 2020 and beyond.

It's a sweeping project which will embrace almost all of BA's long-range fleet, including most Boeing 777s and all Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s through to the end of 2022, and exclude only the rattly old Boeing 747s and some Boeing 777-200s which are off to the knackery.

"The timelines are moving all the time," a British Airways spokeswoman tells Executive Traveller. "We've got hundreds of aircraft to do... the most important thing is, we don't want to pull those aircraft out and disrupt the whole flying program."

Also read: The little things you'll love about BA's new Club Suites business class


David Flynn

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.



Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 274

Well I hope BA do something special with their First Class update. As things stand, their current “Prime” product is not that much more than special than their new business class seat.

I've always said that BA's current First Class seat is really a business class seat for other airlines. So now that they have FINALLY upped their game in Club, why spend the extra dosh on First??



Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1127

I wonder why BA chose to place F on the B78X over the A35X.



14 Oct 2016

Total posts 35

I'd imagine the 787-10 ordered is a bit of a 777-200ER replacement which many do have first class. I'd imagine these birds will mostly do the United States East Coast. The A350 will probably eventually get first class, but I think this first load is for routes that didn't have first class.

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KLM - Flying Blue

05 Feb 2019

Total posts 26

I love the new BA Business Class Suite

It has a nice color pallet and it looks very comfortable and private

I am looking forward to try soon

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