Emirates offer lie-flat seats with direct aisle access in Business Class on their Airbus A380s. The seats are narrow but it beats Business Class on airlines like British Airways.
Unfortunately, Emirates has more Boeing 777s than A380s. Their 777 currently only offer angled seats, not even flat seats. Brand new 777 planes will get a brand new lie-flat Business Class with a pitch of 72 inches in a seven across, 2-3-2 arrangement. Lie-flat is great. The lack of direct aisle access remains a problem, plus the seats are thin.
Emirates offers a great First Class (which has been removed on this new 777 plane) but their Business Class is poor compared to most airlines. It is not as good as all of American Airlines Business Class (with the exception of the international Boeing 757) or United Polaris (with the new seat). Air France’s Boeing 777 seat is also better, as is Business Class on Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar, and Etihad.
Business class gets a self-service snack bar (pictured in the scroller above), which means Business Class seats in this area of the plane are definitely the worst ones to choose as passengers may stand about here rustling and talking.
The best seats are the middle seats, as they avoid having to climb over anyone, and you will not have anyone climb over you. It is worth reading all my Emirates Business Class flight reviews to see what you will experience on each plane type. You may also be interested in my Emirates First Class flight reviews to see what you will get if you upgrade.
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