The best business class on the A380

Since many airlines have aimed for the A380, we would – in public favour – create a comparison of the best business class on the A380.

Right now having the A380 are British Airways, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.

We’ve rated the best business class on the A380 as follows: (from most comfortable to least comfortable)

  1. Emirates
  2. Thai
  3. China Southern
  4. Singapore Airlines
  5. Korean Air
  6. Qantas
  7. British Airways
  8. Malaysia Airlines
  9. Air France
  10. Lufthansa

Emirates

Emirates, albeit its 18.5in width, has a pretty solid product on its A380s. We love the colour tones, comfort and style of Emirates’ A380s. Comparing with Thai and China Southern, which have the exact same configuration, Emirates has easy access to the aisle (no squeezing between console and block of plastic in front), and doesn’t have a gap between the seat and the ottoman like China Southern does.

Thai

Thai has a pretty good A380 product. It has a pretty good 21 inch width, although Emirates wins over it since it is pretty hard in this business class seat to squeeze between the shell in front and the console if you are sitting in a window or a middle seat.

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Something does tell us that China Southern made their staggered seat themselves. Their seats don’t have a footrest and there is the slightest of gaps between the seat and the ottoman when in bed position.

Singapore Airlines

I personally dislike the flipping over of the seat and lying diagonally, but otherwise Singapore Airlines has a pretty solid product.

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Korean Air has the standard Business Class 2-2-2 layout while in a fully flat position. It’s good, but there are better ones out there.

Qantas

Qantas has 0.1in of width less than Korean Air – the Skybeds are comfortable but require the midnight clamber in some situations.

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British Airways has a pretty comfy business class and a seat that’s wider than Emirates, although the middle seats and packed configuration pushes it further back this list.

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Malaysia Airlines – Assess the picture yourself. Is that fully flat or angled flat?

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Now this is angled flat – Air France is better than Lufthansa since Lufthansa has that awkward bending down angle towards the bottom of the seat, but still not one of the best – or even the “good” ones – in the industry.

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If it’s bad enough to get in one of our worst list‘s candidate selection, avoid this seat at all costs, especially side or front sleepers. Economy class is pretty good, in contrast.

Comments and controversies? They go in the comments below. Thanks.

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