Where to sit on the 787-9

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Now that the 787-9 is in service I figure it is time to put together the master thread about seats and such. I was on the inaugural yesterday writing for Airways News as a guest of UA so I got a bit of time to explore the 787-9 before all the other passengers came on board. And I snapped a lot of photos. I've included some here in hopes that it helps people make decisions about where they want to sit.

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    Not much different from the -8 version. There are still (at least) three different foot-well layouts/sizes. Choose wisely based on your needs.

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    I still prefer the bulkhead in the second cabin on the starboard side but I can understand that others might have other preferences.

    Also, no windows at row 4.
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    And limited overhead storage in the center at row 1 due to pilot rest bunks but given the new Sky Interior bins I'd be shocked if that's really a problem.

    Not particularly related to seat quality but there are new controls for the recline and the IFE. I really like the new IFE controller; you can watch the moving map on it and a movie on the main screen.
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    Bulkhead rows are still my favorite. Every seat has power (not just 2 plugs per 3 seats) and good legroom.
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    The center 3 seats also has an adjustable armrest for the D/E pair. Might be useful to some.

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    The A/L seats at row 27 are not marked as E+ from what I've seen. There is the door slide and no window but I think these are probably the best "free" seats on the plane.
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    The crew bunks in the pack start at row 39 which cuts that overhead space out.
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    Also, no window at row 38.
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    Everything else looked pretty normal from what I recall. I have more photos so if there are any questions just ask and I'll try to get an answer or a photo showing what's going on.
     
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    This is extremely helpful. Thank you!!
     
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    Thanks for not just posting a link to your blog post (which I had already read).

    Are there any pictures showing the bunk beds and how to get to them?
     
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    :D

    Coming soon.
     
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    I forgot to include what is perhaps the biggest change; sorry.

    The new economy class seats (E+ & E-) are articulating. That means the bottom slides forward as you recline. You can see it a bit in this photo:
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    In the form of a new avatar? ;)
     
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    More or less comfortable?
     
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    But that was not yesterday's flight.

    Comparable to me, but I wasn't in them for long.
     
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    Is this concept similar to CX sliding-forward Y-seats?
     
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    Aww you got a Surface Pro 3 too :)
     
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    Similar (and NH has similar on their 787s as well) but not exactly the same. They aren't a hard shell on the back like the NH ones.
     
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