British Airways will soon begin upgrading its Boeing 787 fleet to the latest Club Suites business class, with the first of the redone Dreamliners taking wing at the end of October.
As anybody who’s travelled in the Club Suites can attest it’s a dramatic uplift in every respect, from comfort and seat features to personal space and privacy.
BA’s original Boeing 787-8s are first in line, an airline spokesperson tells Executive Traveller.
“We remain committed to rolling out our award-winning Club Suite,” the airline says, “and we’re pleased that our Boeing 787-8 aircraft is next to be retrofitted, allowing our customers to experience our latest business class product to even more destinations across our network.”
BA’s dozen 787-8s – which are typically seen on routes into North America, South America and India – will however take some time to undergo their transformation, meaning the longer-range Boeing 787-9s will have to wait their turn.
The airline was unable to provide an timeline for when the Boeing 787-9s are expected to go under the knife.
British Airways originally planned to have most of the 787-8 and 787-9 jets upgraded, but progress on the fleet-wide program was unavoidable set back by the global pandemic.
British Airways’ new 787-8 business class
Executive Traveller understands the refurbished BA 787-8 business class will sport 31 Club Suites – a slight drop from the previous 35 – with 37 premium economy World Traveller Plus seats, up from 25.
However, as before, the 787-8s won’t be graced with a first class cabin.
British Airways’ new 787-9 business class
Executive Traveller understands the refurbished BA 787-9 business class will comprise of 38 Club Suites with 38 premium economy World Traveller Plus seats.
There’ll also be eight of the new-design first class suites, which like business class includes a sliding privacy door.
Read the Executive Traveller review: British Airways Club Suites business class, Sydney-SIngapore-London