BA's new Dreamliner 1st Class cabin is coming to Dubai

IMAGES: British Airways will use the new plane and its luxury cabin on flights to the GCC next year.

Neil Churchill December 10, 2015

Living in Dubai, it can be easy to forget that there are other airlines in this world apart from Emirates. 

But British Airways is looking to address that by putting its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its London-Dubai route, complete with First Class cabin. 

The Dreamliner has been touted as the future of commercial flights, primarily as it is more fuel-efficient than previous aircrafts, but also because of its quiet and spacious interior.

BA has been using the Dreamliner on its Abu Dhabi and Muscat routes since last month, and will fly it on its Jeddah service from July next year, before the Dubai route opens in October 2016.

And now the British airline has shown what its most exclusive cabin will look like. 

Offering only eight seats across two rows, unlike the 14 seats available on other BA flights, the Dreamliner’s First Class cabin is certainly private, even if the seats don’t have sliding doors like they do on Emirates and Etihad planes. 

With a ying-yang colour scheme of dark to light, chrome finishes and quilted seats, the cabin’s styling is similar to that of a classic British sports car. The seats have been designed based on feedback from First Class customers, making comfort a priority. As a bed, they recline fully flat at a length of 6ft 6, with a width of 29.5 inches – making them almost identical in size to Emirates’ First Class seats. 

There are new storage areas including an adjustable footstall, small ottoman and a personal wardrobe for easier access to jackets. There is also a locker for smaller items and a mirror, to make sure you never leave your seat looking dishevelled.

Etihad’s First Class seats are still larger, at a length of 6ft 8 and a width of 29.5 inches. And of course on its A380s, Etihad has its unmatched, King of the skies three-room suite, The Residence.

But from these images, BA’s Dreamliner First Class cabin looks good enough, and has the measurements, to seriously rival Emirates’ offering.