Expert’s Guide to Business Class Seats and Layouts – HKAN version

There are a few other airline newsletters that have done this in their sites before – see AusBT’s guide here and Ben Schlappig has his very own guide as well. As for our guide, see below:

Recliner

hong kong airlines business class Singapore Airlines First Class

These are the most simple seats in Business Class, but they are also very comfortable for traveling. That is, if you’re on a short flight. If you’re on a long flight like across the Pacific (or Atlantic), then these seats (which are normally not seen) are not recommended.

Angled-Lie Flat Bed

Japan Airlines Angle Lie Flat

These seats are seen on many long haul aircraft. They are not comfortable though; but they are quite relaxing when in a Z position on a day flight. Singapore Airlines has done some wisecracking and put these seats on regional flights (enclosed in leather).

They always face forward, because they have no need to face anywhere else.

Herringbone Flatbed Seat

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These are the most hated version of fully flat beds. Of course, some airlines (like Virgin Atlantic) spice their product up so it’s more airy and spacious, but for products like Delta’s (top left), they are claustrophobic and horrible. However some say that when the bed is flat it seems to be more comfortable.

Forward Facing Flatbed

China Southern Qantas Singapore Airlines

These quite comfortable flatbeds are quite comfortable and spacious. Some offer direct aisle access (like SQ’s version) and some don’t (like CZ and QF’s).

The Staggered Flatbed

Hong Kong Airlines Thai

These beds are also really comfortable and are put in a layout where each row is different and thus saving space and enhancing comfort.

The Forward-Backward Facing Flatbed

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Only United and British Airways have these seats. These seats have different rows facing forward and backward (United) or aisle seats facing forward and everything else facing backward (British Airways). They are comfortable – but no direct aisle access…

The Reverse Herringbone Flatbed

Cathay New BusinessCirrus

Cathay, US Airways, American and some other carriers carry this new business class layout by Sicma. After Cathay brought these seats onstage, they have been a hit for business and leisure travellers alike.

What is your favourite? Put your ideas in the Comments.

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