The introduction of the Airbus A380 into several carriers’ fleets has allowed business class seats on A380 aircraft to improve in both the amount of real estate a passenger enjoys as well as the comfort and features of the seat, which is why I put together this fairly comprehensive Airbus A380 Business Class Comparison.
In the past airlines uptake of lie flat seating in business was limited due to cabin floor space, this is where the A380 is a game changer, its 478 square meter (5,145.1 sq ft) floor space, airlines now have more room to play with in all classes.
For the same comparison that I wrote for first class click on the following link it will open the article in separate window so you can finish reading this article Airbus A380 First Class Comparison
Airbus A380 Business Class Comparison
The below table lists all current A380 operators and their business class seat details, note the green bold text indicates that airline is the largest/widest/longest for seat pitch, width or fully reclined bed length.
|Airline||Num Business Seats||Bed Length||Width||Pitch||Lie Flat|
|Lufthansa||98||59.8” 152cm||18.7" 47.5 cm||57-60” 144-152cm||No inclined
|British Airways||97||NA||20 Inch 50.8 cm||72 inch 182.8 cm||Yes
|Korean Air||94||NA||74" 187.9 cm||74" 187.9 cm||Yes
|Air France||80||NA||34” 87cm||55” 139.7 cm||No inclined
|Emirates||76||79” 200.6cm||18.5” 47cm||39-48” 99-121cm||Yes
|Qantas||72||81.5” 207cm||21.5” 54.6 cm||80” 203.2 cm||Yes
|China Southern Airlines||70||72" 182.8cm||24” 60.9cm||77” 195.5 cm||Yes
|Etihad Airways||70||NA||20" 50.8cm||73" 185.4cm||Yes
|Malaysia Airlines||66||72" 182.8cm||22” 55.8cm||74" 187.9 cm||Yes
|Asiana Airlines||66||74.5" 189.2 cm||21.3" 54.1cm||80.4" 204.2cm||Yes
|Thai Airways||60||NA||20 Inch 50.8 cm||74" 187.9 cm||Yes
|Singapore Airlines||60||76” 193cm||34” 87cm||55” 140cm||Yes
|Qatar Airways||48||80" 203.2cm||22" 55.8cm||80.4" 204.2cm||Yes
Singapore Airlines was the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380 into commercial service, at its time of introduction Singapore Airlines brought out a business product that was superior to all any other in the air and today it is still up there with the best sharing the honor of the widest business seat in the sky (honor shared with Air the France seat with a width of 34 inch or 87 cm) Singapore Airlines also features a massive 55 inch or 140 cm seat pitch.
As expected Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Business Class seat is a full lie flat seat, other features of the Singapore Airlines Business Class seat includes a wide range of recline positions, a 15 Inch LCD In-Flight Entertainment Screen.
Emirates the second airline to introduce the A380 into commercial service and implemented a business seat that is 18.5 inch or 47 cm wide along with a pitch 39-48” 99-121 cm seat pitch depending which seat you have been allocated. Window Seats have the larger 48” (121 cm) pitch and inside seats have the smaller 39” (99 cm) pitch.
The Emirates seat is fully lie flat and highly adjustable, allowing the individual passengers most comfortable position to be found and set. In addition you are a regular flyer with Emirates you can save your seat position and other settings to a memory key for use on future flights.
In-flight entertainment is delivered via a massive 17” LCD In-flight entertainment screen with over 1200 programming options via the ICE (Information Communications and Entertainment) System.
Each seat is equipped with a personal bar, which holds several cans of soft drinks, water and snacks. Most Emirates A380 flyers either love or hate this. Personally for me I find it provides some additional privacy along with a great place to rest your laptop while eating a meal or reading.
The big draw card is the large combined first/business Class Bar and lounge at the rear upper deck of the aircraft behind Business Class.
The Qantas Airbus A380 Business Class seat sets the standard for fully extended seat/bed length and seat pitch, at 81.5 (207 cm) long when in the lie flat position and an unheard of 80” seat pitch.
Electronic privacy dividers ensure that passengers are able to enjoy increased privacy during rest or sleep. Comfort wise the seat includes a wide range of pre-programmed positions and the ability to adjust lumbar support and recline with control. As a bonus each seat includes a built-in massage function.
Entertainment wise each seat features a 12.1 “ (30.7 cm) in seat arm LCD Screen, that is fully adjustable allowing the screen to be placed in the passengers desired position, with around 1000 programming options passengers should have more than enough options to keep them entertained for the longest of flights.
Air France was the fourth airline to introduce the A380 into commercial operations and has introduced a business class seat which shares the title of the world’s widest business class seat (sharing the title with the Singapore Airlines seat) measuring in at 34” (87 cm), however it is important to note that their seat is not a true lie-flat, it is flat however it is on a recline and is what the industry refers to as a recliner see the photo below.
Seats are configured in a 2-2-2 seating configuration/layout and are located in the first two thirds of the upper deck.
The In-Flight Entertainment LCD screen measures 15” (38 cm) with 150 entertainment options 30 Current feature films, 20 video channels, 75 TV Series/Documentaries, 30 Radio channels, 200 CDs on demand, and 10 multi-player games.
Lufthansa was the fifth and latest airline to put the A380 into commercial service and installed a business class seat with a width of 18.7” (47.5 cm) and seat pitch of 57”-60” (144-152 cm). In the fully reclined position the seat measures 59.8” (152 cm) long
Just like Air France, Lufthansa opted for the recliner which is not a true lie flat-seat. Most business travelers I have spoken to don’t know what Lufthansa was thinking however looking at the number of Business seats on this aircraft, 98 seats to be exact will notice this is significantly more than most other operators of this aircraft, its obvious the decision was made to install more seats at the expense of lie-flat seating.
In all there are 94 lie flat or prestige sleeper seats in Business Class that are located on the upper deck only seating laid out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration with a seat pitch of 74 in (187.9 cm) and a seat width of 21.6 In (54.8 cm) seats feature a 15.4 inch personal LCD screen with in-flight power and 2 USB ports. Premium passengers in business and first class have access to 2 on board lounges there is also a gift/duty free shop on board that can be used by all passengers.
China Southern Airlines has 70 seats in business class on its A380 that measure up with 24” (60.9 cm) seat width and a 77” (195.5 cm) pitch all business seats are lie flat and are located on the first 2/3 rs of the upper deck.
MAS has a total of 66 lie flat business seats with a pitch 74″ (187.9 cm) and a width of 22” (55.8 cm) all seats are located on the upper deck in a 2-2-2 seating configuration.
Thai Airways International have 60 seats in business with a 74 inch (187.9 cm) seat pitch and a width of 20 Inch (50.8 cm) in a 1-2-1 staggered seating configuration. All business seats are lie flat and there is an on board self-service bar/lounge.
If you are flying BA A380 business class you can expect to see 97 seats in total 44 on lower deck and 53 on upper deck each with a 72 inch (182.8 cm) pitch and a width of 20 inch (50.8 cm) that are staggered in a 1-2-1 forward/rear facing config on the lower deck and an alternating staggered 1-1-1 1-2-1 seating configuration on upper deck as per the screenshot below. All seats are lie flat with in-flight power Video on demand as well as in-flight Wi-Fi internet provided by OnAir.
Asiana Airlines has 66 seats located on upper deck with seat pitch of 80.4 inch (204.2 cm) with a full extended bed length of 74.5 inch (189.2 cm) seat width of 21.3 inch (54.1 cm) which are laid out in a staggered 1-2-1 seating configuration. All seats are lie flat and include Video/TV on demand with a 15.6 inch HD display as well as in-seat power. Business and first class passengers have access to a lounge located at the front of the upper deck.
All 48 seats located on the upper deck with a seat pitch of 80 inch (203.2 cm) and lie flat bed length also of 80 inch (203.2 cm) seat width is 22 inch (55.8 cm). Seats are configured in an angled 1-2-1 seating configuration with window seats angled toward the window and the 2 inner seats angled inward. All seats are lie flat and have Video on demand via the 17 inch display in addition there is in-flight power and internet.
Etihad’s 70 business seats are located on upper deck in staggered 1-2-1 seating configuration with 73 inch (185.4 cm) pitch 20 inch (50.8 cm) seat width. All seats convert into lie flat beds. Note Etihad business seats are configured in a forward facing rear facing dovetail configuration. The Business Studio configuration is great for passengers or colleagues travelling together which is great for collaborating on work in-flight.
Some extra viewing an A380 cabin walk-thru from Singapore Airlines to give you a feel of SIAs cabin.
Which Airline has the Best Airbus A380 Business Class, let us and other readers know by leaving your your thoughts in the comments section below the video, also remember to visit our First Class comparison article it will open the article in separate window so you can finish reading this article Airbus A380 First Class Comparison