Business Class seats are loved by many of us due to their spaciousness and comfort. Business Class seats are bigger in width, pitch (the distance between rows) and legroom. Economy seat pitch can vary from 28 to 34 inches, and width from 17 to 33 inches. While Business Class seats are averagely 27-34 inch wide and have up to 87 inch in pitch. For sure, every airline is fighting for their passengers, trying to outperform the others in terms of seats, meals, service quality, etc. Read more to learn who does!
“Most Spacious Business Class Seat” Award Goes to…
Undoubtedly, Singapore Airlines, whose A380 now flies to Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. These are the Most Spacious Business Class seats, being 34 inches wide and 78 long. A forward-facing configuration of 1-2-1 permits aisle access from every seat. These seats have already appeared on the B777-300ER fleet.
Even though Singapore Airlines have the biggest Business Class seats for now, there are other carriers worth mentioning.
- Cathay Pacific’s A350 Business Class seat configuration is 1-2-1 with a 45-inch seat pitch and a 20.2-inch seat width. Cathay’s A350 accommodates 38 Business Class seats with a fully flat recline delivering a bed length of 75 inches.
- Malaysia Airlines, under the pressure of fully-flat beds trend, added a business Class seat that reclines a full 180 degrees and has a 50-inch seat pitch in between. On B777s the seat pitch could be as high as 75 inches. If to talk about legroom, some B747s offer 58 inches to place yourself comfortably. On A380 you can find 74 x 22 inch wide seats.
- Korean Air’s A380 and A388 has an entire upper deck devoted to to on-the-go business travelers. In Prestige Class, the layout features 74 inch long, 21.6 inch wide beds with a spacious seat pitch of 74 inches. Korean Air’s B747-400 also offer fully reclining Prestige Sleepers along with Prestige Plus and Prestige Class seats. Prestige Plus is a bed-type seat that reclines 170 degrees. There is a little less tilt from the Prestige Class seats, which only recline 138 degrees but come with ergonomic headrests for increased comfort. Settle down on a seat that is 20.2-inches wide and stretch your legs out with a seat pitch of 50 inches. The shell itself does not recline, but the seat angles, getting almost flat.
- Japan’s All Nippon Airlines (ANA) Business Class seat reclines 180 degrees and is 62 inch long and 21 inch wide.
- Thai Airways A380-800 Royal Silk, operating since September 2012, is serving up a flat bed, 74 inch seat pitch and 20-inch cushion width. Business class is in shades of pink and gray with mood lights and, wonder of wonders, a 1-2-1 seat configuration that is private but not anti-social. Expect an ottoman for your feet with stowage space underneath.
- Qantas International Business Class Skybed is almost flat, approx 170 degrees in recline. This means that while your body is flat, it is not horizontal. Your head will be positioned slightly higher than your feet. It is a very accommodating 78 inches in length and almost 24 inches wide when fully reclined, with a curving cocoon headboard that offers greater privacy. Onboard The A380 changes all that with a 180 degree flatbed and extra 20 inches of legroom.
- Air New Zealand‘s seats are slightly longer than Singapore’s ones, 79 inch long, though only 22 inch wide. Possible configurations: 1-1, 1-1-1, 1-2-1.
- On British Airways seats are coupled, with passengers sitting next to, and diagonally facing, each other in twos. The new, BA Club World seats offer a few extra inches of elbow room as the armrest flattens out flush with the bed as the seat back drops down into the horizontal position. This opens up 25.25 inches of width. With a 2-4-2 seating configuration, only the center two seats, twinned together, facing the same direction. Business Class seat dimensions are 72 inches in length and 20 inches in width.
- Emirates offers “sleeperette” fully-flat seats in a 2-3-2 configuration on A-330s and B-777s with lumbar support and electronically adjustable footrests. Seats are 78 inches when fully reclined. Seat pitch is a generous 88 inches, width slightly less than competitors – 18,5 inches. Most Emirates aircraft are kitted with external cameras offering up-close views of take-offs and scenery below en route.
- Qatar Airways offer a generous 60-inch seat pitch with plenty of legroom, though its seats are only 19.6 inches wide. The length is the Same with Singapore, 78 inches in total.
- Etihad‘s Business Class seats are leading in seat pitch, the distance between seats is 72 inches. The other dimensions are 73 inches in length and 20 inches in width.
Summing up, Singapore Airlines definitely lead in seat width as well as is among leaders in terms of length, however every business Class carrier is taking care of its passengers, trying to provide unique features as well as the maximal level of comfort.
credit to – smarttravelasia