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The success of Emirates’ Business Class is very much based on the comfort and space of its Airbus A380 fleet but some seats are better than others and we review the best seats below. The rest of the Emirates fleet offers an inferior Business Class.

The A380 offers a brilliant Business Class offering. Although it is not as good as Business Class on Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Cathay Pacific or Etihad, it is still one of the best Business Class products in the sky.

Emirates has the largest Boeing 777 & Airbus A380 fleet in the world. They currently have a huge 105 Airbus A380’s in their fleet and an order for 57 additional aircraft.

All Emirates A380s are fitted at the Airbus factory in Hamburg with cabin interior work and final livery being delivered from Hamburg. Airbus estimates that Emirates’ A380 orders alone support 41,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Europe, including some 14,500 in Germany alone. Emirates currently operates the A380 to 48 global destinations.

Seats Review On The A380

All Business Class seats onboard the Emirates A380 are 18,5 inch (47 cm) wide. This is only slightly wider than the Emirates A380 Economy Class seats, which have a width of 17,5 inch (45 cm). This means that the Emirates A380 Business Class seats are too narrow, especially in the lie flat position.

The pitch and bed length varies from seat to seat: aisle seats (B, D, G, J) are slightly shorter when fully flat, extending to 70 inches (178 cm) as compared to 79 inches (200 cm) for window and central seats (A, E, F, K). Seat pitch varies from 48 to 39 inches (122 to 99 cm), with the centre and window seats again offering more space as compared to aisle seats.

Each seat comes with a touchscreen tablet for seat position, lighting and inflight entertainment. There is a personal minibar, stocked with soft drinks and juices, a universal power supply, a USB port, a reading light and another handset for the in-flight entertainment. The fold-out tray table is hidden in the arm rest below the console. In front of each seat is a large 17-inch entertainment touchscreen with a generously sized ottoman below.

Best Business Class seats on Emirates’ A380

Solo travellers should choose one of the window seats A or K, since these are more private than the aisle seats (B, D, G, J) as they are sheltered from the aisle by the seat’s mini-bar cabinet and the enclosed footrest of the person behind.

The centre seats E and F also feature their consoles on the aisle side, and when you don’t deploy the privacy screens, these seats can be transformed into an intimate mini-suite accommodating two passengers.

The window Business Class seats are perfect for solo travellers, while the dual and more intimate seats in the centre of the cabin are perfect for partners travelling together.

Seats A and K on row 23 are the best Business Class seats on the A380 since they offer more legroom (a larger ottoman and longer flat bed) as compared to other window seats.

Worst Business Class seats on Emirates’ A380

The window seats B and J as well as the centre seats D and G have their console on the opposite side of the aisle, and can feel quite exposed.

Seats 7A & 7K look to be the worst seats: despite the fact that they have extra legroom (similar to seats 23A & 23K), they are totally exposed to the aisle and do not offer any privacy.

Other Benefits

Mammoth amenity kits, a huge entertainment selection played on the private screen, and a roomy and well-appointed on-board Lounge/Bar on the Airbus A380 aircraft on the upper deck makes flying Emirates quite an event.

In addition, the ground service matches the flying experience (e.g. chauffeur service, a gigantic Dubai lounge). If you travel through the Emirates hub in Dubai airport you will be given access to their Business Class lounge. I have reviewed and shared pictures of the Emirates Business Class Lounge at Dubai Airport.

Lie-flat Business Class seats are available on all Emirates A380 aircraft, and most Boeing 777 aircraft, but unfortunately, Business Class cabins on other aircraft offer only deeply-reclining comfort or spacious sleeperettes. Overall, Emirates does not offer the best Business Class in the sky.

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Below you will find my most recent flight reviews on Emirates in Business Class:

Business Class Flight Reviews On Emirates A380

Flight Review: Emirates A380 Business Class Dubai To Düsseldorf

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Review: Emirates A380 Business Class LHR to Dubai

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Emirates Airbus A380 Business Class Review Dubai to Sydney

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This flight review is from Emirates Business Class in Airbus A380 travelling in the luxury of Business Class from Dubai (DBX) to Sydney (SYD). You can also read my review of Emirates A380 in Business Class from Brisbane to Dubai.… Read More.

Emirates Airbus A380 Business Class Review Brisbane to Dubai

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