5 Business-Class Seats That Are Actually Worth the Price Tag

Where to find it: Qsuites are on the airline’s Airbus A350-1000s, as well as some of its Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200LRs and Airbus A350-900s. Its Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 planes do not have Qsuites, however. Most Qatar Airways flights to North America have Qsuites, but be sure to double check as aircraft routings can change. On planes without Qsuites, the setup does not have as much privacy as having a door separating the seat from the aisle. A good indicator that the plane does not have Qsuites is if the cabin is in a 2-2-2 configuration; QSuite planes only have one seat by the window (a 1-2-1 configuration). 

ANA “The Room” business class

While only available on certain aircraft, this is one of the most spacious business-class products flying between Japan and the United States. Sliding doors assure protection from commotion in the aisle, and the seat feels more like a first-class seat with wide shoulder room facing an enormous entertainment screen. Three-dimensional cushioning from Nishikawa is designed to evenly spread body weight for a more comfortable rest.

Seats alternate between facing forward and backward on the plane, but all have ample interior storage space. Laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration, there is a sliding panel in the center section so that couples can sit together. Its Japanese in-flight dining comes from top Michelin-starred chefs and is a favorite of repeat passengers. Luckily, travelers can pre-order one before boarding the plane.

Where to find it: For now, it is operating on flights from the U.S. to Tokyo that use the Boeing B777-300ER aircraft. ANA brands this product as “The Room,” and it’s worth looking for that verbiage if you want to secure this new product. It operates most regularly on flights to and from JFK, but also appears on other routes. 

Singapore Airlines business class

If you want to try another of the widest business-class seats in the sky, Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380s should be top of mind. After tucking into meals designed in partnership with Golden Door Spa, ask a flight attendant to make up the bed with pillows and a duvet. Couples in some of the center-section seat pairs can convert it into a double bed.

Similarly spacious are the seats on the A350-900s operating the airlines’ longest nonstop routes from the U.S. to Singapore, but these seats don’t convert to double beds. Still, all the airline’s other swoon-worthy amenities like its Book the Cook dining service (lobster Thermidor, anyone?) are available.

Where to find it: Only A380 flights, like those between New York JFK and both Frankfurt and Singapore, feature seats that convert to a double bed. 

Emirates business class

Emirates has more than one iteration of business class, and its refurbished Airbus A380s have more than just snazzy first-class suites with showers to impress. Its new business class may not have privacy doors, but they do feature leather seats and wood grain surfaces plus a personal, non-alcoholic minibar at each seat. 

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