Every year, airlines are rolling out new business class seat designs on their new fleet of jets. Some are quite exciting, and some are, well, not so exciting. However, Cathay Pacific, Qatar and Emirates are coming out with some amazing features passengers in business class can look forward to this year. Expect to have more space, more privacy, fully-flat beds, a mini bar and much more.

Which one is your favourite?

Cathay Pacific

You can expect to see the new business class seat designs for Cathay Pacific to debut early June. If you’re lucky to get a seat on the airline’s first Airbus A350, then you will notice an upgrade in storage space, “the ability to slide the meal table forward and back, and a degree of tilt for the large HD video screen”—plus, inflight Internet“, a first for Cathay Pacific (David Flynn, Australian Business Traveller).

The first 20 jets will have routs flying to London the beginning of September, and by the end of the year, there will be routes to Auckland, followed by Australia.


qatar business class

Beginning in November, passengers flying on the award-winning and best airline in the world, Qatar Airways, can experience the “super business class seats“. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, promises they “will frankly be first class at a business class fare.”

The seats will have sliding doors that will turn into a suite-like cabin, similar to Singapore Airline’s prototype design (image above). The airline has opted for this semi-private setting as a completely private setting gets a big “claustrophobic”, says Al Baker. These new business class seat designs will probably be on their 777s and then on their Airbus A350s.


The new business class seat designs on Emirates Boeing 777 will also take their first flight in November this year. The most notable features are the seats that will convert into a fully-flat bed, a personal mini-bar, and a large 23 inch entertainment screen. The only downside to this new design is the 2-2-2 layout, which doesn’t give the middle seat easy access to the aisle. Small price to pay for such a grandeur experience, right?

Get the full business class tour on Emirates, below.

(This story first appeared on Australian Business Traveller.)