It's the last flight out
Because the BA 787 departure from Newark to London is the very last flight out from that terminal, you'll not only have shorter lines going through security but fewer fellow travelers in general. It almost feels like the terminal is there for you and only you. Head to the newly renovated BA Galleries lounge for the dinner buffet and drinks, and spread out until the flight is called for boarding.
Extra seat privacy
The BA Dreamliner is the only BA aircraft to set up Club World in a 2-3-2 seat layout. Who cares? Well, you should if you enjoy privacy on an overnight flight, because that middle-most seat is super primo! Not only does it have a few extra inches of space on the side (handy for keeping your laptop or a thick novel at hand), but it's snuggled so well in the center that you cannot see any other passenger, and no one else can similarly spy on you. It's the best option for celebrities, in-flight sleep droolers, and anyone who simply enjoys shut-eye without being eyed.
Because the BA 787 departure is so late (10:50pm out of Newark!), the focus is on preparing for sleep before you even board. This means enjoying pre-flight dining in the lounge and no wasting valuable sleep time having to wait for a multi-course meal onboard. Yes, there's still the option to eat after takeoff, but most Club World flyers will be ready to dim the lights and knock out under a fluffy blanket once at altitude. A quiet, dark cabin is ideal for getting work done, watching a movie or joining the others in dreamland on the Dreamliner. No matter what your activity, the extra-large windows with dimming function means you'll still be able to peek at the slick wings and shoo away any feelings of claustrophobia.
There's a secret button
On other BA planes in Club World, the privacy screen between seats is activated by pushing a button atop and between the seats. It's not where you'd expect it to be, and pushing the button is an obvious gesture which can cause embarrassment. On the 787, however, the button is also located on a control panel nearer your elbow, making it a hidden and intuitive action.
Breakfast service is very British, with the option of ordering bacon rolls before arrival at Heathrow. They're small, but so scrumptious. Do not skip them! Add a cup of BA's special blend Twining's tea and a fruit bowl to complete a balanced breakfast. Okay, so Club World flyers can enjoy this on any international BA flight with a morning meal, but it just tastes so much better when you awake with a clear head.
Fast track to the Arrivals Lounge
Flying in Club World means you're handed two special pieces of paper with your immigration forms. Hold on to theseFast Track for access to the express immigration line and a pass for the BA Arrivals lounge with Elemis Spa.
Even if you enjoyed those bacon rolls, there's more to come in LHR's Arrivals Lounge. The flight time of the BA 787 Dreamliner has you into Heathrow around 10:30am, past the early morning rush and with just enough time to hop into one of the Arrivals lounge's 90 shower rooms, freshen up, and make any lunch plans in central London. On the flip side, it's still early enough to make any onward connections to Europe.
To fly on the new British Airways 787 between Newark and London, book BA flight numbers BA 186 and BA 187. To check out the BA 787's other routes (to Toronto and, soon, to Austin), visit British Airways' official 787 site.
We traveled on the inaugural flight of the British Airways 787 from Newark to London as a guest of BA, but all photos and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]