A great Business Class seat can make all the difference between a restful and an uncomfortable flight!
Across the airline’s long-haul and short-haul fleets, there are seven different types of Qantas Business Class seats. Some are lie-flat seats, while others are recliners. Naturally, some Qantas Business seats are better than others.
In some cases, there are also variations in the seats found on aircraft of the same fleet type. For example, there are two types of Qantas A330-200 Business Class seats with subtle differences. There were also two different types of Qantas A380 Business Class seats, but Qantas will exclusively operate its A380s with upgraded cabin interiors when they return to the skies from 2022.
Here are all of the Qantas Business Class seats, ranked from best to worst…
Qantas Airbus A380 Business Seats
The Qantas A380 is currently grounded due to COVID-19. But when it returns to service, Business Class passengers will enjoy modern lie-flat suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. These seats are similar to those found on the Boeing 787-9. Each seat has access to a personal in-flight entertainment system but there is no wifi.
The bulkhead rows (11 & 16) may offer more room for your feet when sleeping. If you’re travelling solo, look for a window seat in a row where the seat is directly beside a window (this is every second row, due to the staggered configuration) for more privacy.
Another benefit of flying Business on the Qantas A380 is access to the onboard lounge, in front of row 11 on the upper deck.
Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Business Seats
The modern Business suites on Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are similar to the seats found on the A380. Each of the 42 Business class seats converts to a comfortable fully-flat bed.
With a 1-2-1 seat configuration, every passenger has direct aisle access. Like the A380, there is seatback in-flight entertainment but no wifi.
For privacy, the best seats for solo travellers are 1A, 1K, 3A, 3K, 5A, 5K, 7A, 7K, 11A and 12K as these are directly by the window.
Some travellers say that they find the Dreamliner cabin a little claustrophobic for long flights, compared to the A380. The Qantas Dreamliner seats may not quite be “mini First class” but they are modern and comfortable.
Qantas Airbus A330-300 Business Seats
Qantas’ Airbus A330-300s have similar cloth-covered “Business Suite” seats to the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. The main difference is that the cabin is slightly narrower and the privacy divider between the two middle seats (“E” and “F” seats) cannot be lowered. Once again, each seat has direct aisle access. There is no wifi.
Due to the staggered configuration, the best seats for solo travellers are the more private “A” and “K” seats directly beside a window, which can be found in rows 2, 4 and 6.
Qantas Airbus A330-200 Business Seats
There are two versions of the Qantas A330-200. There are 9 internationally-configured aircraft with the same Business Suites as found on the A330-300. There are also 8 short-haul configured aircraft which have Business Suites covered in leather, instead of cloth, and wifi available.
On seat maps, you can tell whether a Qantas A330-200 has the international configuration because the seat 5K does not exist. (An extra toilet has been installed there instead, meaning there are only 27 total seats in the Business cabin compared to 28 seats on the short-haul version.)
Qantas’ domestic-configured A330-200s are used mostly on shorter international routes (e.g. to New Zealand) and selected domestic flights, especially to/from Perth. On both configurations, the best seats for solo travellers are 2A, 2K, 4A or 4K.
Some travellers prefer the privacy of the mini-cabin in the last two rows of Business class (behind the exit doors), but beware that this is directly in front of the Economy Class bassinet seats where babies are often seated.
Qantas Boeing 737-800 Business Seats
The narrow-body Qantas Boeing 737-800 has just three rows of Business class recliner seats in a 2-2 layout. These Qantas Business class seats are perfectly fine for short domestic hops. But you may prefer to avoid this aircraft if possible for longer domestic flights and international journeys – particularly overnight flights. The Qantas 737 Business cabin is also less private as there is no curtain separating Business and Economy and some cabin crew don’t make an effort to prevent Economy passengers entering the Business cabin.
The leather seats are wide and you’ll have a reasonable amount of legroom, but passengers on the window seat of rows 2 or 3 cannot get out without disturbing their neighbour. Some passengers like row 1 as there is nobody to recline into you and you’ll be served first, but there is limited legroom due to the bulkhead in front.
Around half of the Qantas Boeing 737-800 fleet offers seatback in-flight entertainment screens. On other aircraft, you can stream content to your own device via the Q-Streaming App. Most Qantas Boeing 737-800s have free wifi available on domestic flights.
QantasLink Boeing 717 Business Seats
The two-class QantasLink Boeing 717 also has 3 rows of Business seats in a 2-2 layout. The recliner seats are a little narrower than on the Boeing 737, and there is an annoying under-seat box which takes up some of the legroom if you’re in a window seat in the second or third row.
There is currently no in-flight entertainment available on QantasLink 717 flights, but the airline is progressively reinstalling streaming entertainment which can be viewed on your own device. There are no power outlets or wifi.
The best seats are 1A and 1C, which have extra legroom and are served first. Note that 1A & 1C have around 10cm more legroom than 1D & 1F, which are also behind a bulkhead.
These seats are comfortable enough for short domestic flights, especially if you’re in row 1. Thankfully, these aircraft don’t typically appear on longer routes.
QantasLink (Alliance Airlines) Embraer E190 Business Seats
Alliance Airlines operates Embraer E190 jets on behalf of QantasLink with 10 Business Class seats in a 1-2 configuration.
The leather Business seats are reasonably comfortable, offering around 38 inches of seat pitch. The best seats are in the front row (1A, 2C & 2D) as there is more legroom and for solo travellers, it’s hard to look past the four solo “A” window seats with direct aisle access.
These aircraft do not have any in-flight entertainment, wifi or power outlets available, but streaming entertainment to your own device is coming in 2022.
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