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Everything You Need To Know About British Airways’ Stretched Boeing 787-10s

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UK flag carrier British Airways is one of just a handful of airlines worldwide that operates all three variants of Boeing’s modern 787 ‘Dreamliner’ widebody twinjet family. The largest of these is the stretched-fuselage 787-10 model, of which BA will be increasing its fleet size in the coming years. Here’s what you need to know.



A growing sub-fleet

According to data from ch-aviation, the London-headquartered oneworld founding member presently has seven examples of the Boeing 787-10 at its disposal. The most recent of these aircraft was delivered to the UK flag carrier last summer, not long before it converted six of its options for the type into firm orders.

At an average age of 3.2 years old, British Airways‘ 787-10s are the carrier’s youngest Boeing aircraft type and the second youngest overall behind the Airbus A350-1000 (2.6 years on average at the time of writing). Compared to a fleet-wide mean of 11 years old, the 787-10s are still among the new kids on the block.

Photo: British Airways

Going forward, the national airline has another 11 examples of the Boeing 787-10 on order, which will eventually take its total sub-fleet size for the type to a grand total of 18 aircraft. According to British Airways, the carrier is expecting to have 12 units of the stretched-fuselage Dreamliner in its fleet by the end of 2024.

Four classes of travel onboard

While first class is becoming something of a rarity in the modern airline industry, British Airways has persisted with this high-end cabin on its Boeing 787-10s, meaning that the type features a four-class configuration. This features 256 seats, with 165 in World Traveller (economy), 35 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), 48 in Club World (business), and just eight in the First Class cabin.

Data from aeroLOPA shows that both Club World (which features the Club Suite on this aircraft) and First Class are fitted with 79-inch flatbeds in a 1-2-1 configuration, with every seat offering direct aisle access. However, First Class offers greater exclusivity in its eight-seat cabin, as well as wider seats (22 inches compared to 21 inches in Club World) and entertainment screens (23 inches vs 18.5 inches).

Inside the First Class Cabin of a British Airways Boeing 787.

Photo: British Airways

Further back, the 35 World Traveller Plus seats are laid out seven abreast in a 2-3-2 configuration. These 18.7-inch-wide reclining seats offer a generous 38 inches of pitch. Meanwhile, the majority of World Traveller seats, which have a 31-inch pitch), are laid out in a nine-abreast 3-3-3 setup. However, as the cabin narrows towards the aircraft’s rear, this becomes 2-3-2 in rows 46, 47, and 48.

Where do they fly?

British Airways deploys its Boeing 787-10 aircraft on an interesting variety of long-haul routes from its main base at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Indeed, according to data from Flightradar24, recent weeks have seen the type serve the likes of Boston (BOS), Dubai (DXB), Kuwait City (KWI), Lagos (LOS), New York City (JFK), Riyadh (RUH), Toronto (YYZ), and Washington DC (IAD).

What do you make of British Airways’ Beoing 787-10s? Have you ever flown on one yourself? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

  • British Airways Tile

    British Airways

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    BA/BAW

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport

    Year Founded:
    1974

    Alliance:
    oneworld

    Airline Group:
    IAG

    CEO:
    Sean Doyle

    Country:
    United Kingdom

    Loyalty Program:
    British Airways Executive Club

    Region:
    Europe

  • 787-8 Dreamliner

    Boeing

    Stock Code:
    BA

    Date Founded:
    1916-07-15

    CEO:
    Dave Calhoun

    Headquarters Location:
    Chicago, USA

    Key Product Lines:
    Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787

    Business Type:
    Planemaker

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