Airlines are continuously changing their premier cabin—from lay-flat seats to double beds, direct-aisle access to semi-private pods, business class has become more competitive than ever before. More and more airlines are updating and remodeling in order to keep up with the demand as well as outperform the rivalry. But even if a carrier releases a concept design, it can take years for it to debut, causing some of us to forget when the new one will be available.
So for those of us who have been waiting for certain business class seats to emerge, there are three that will launch this year.
Singapore Airlines’ new business class seat on their Dreamliner will be available at the end of March. These new seats will also be installed on A350s, which will only fly regionally.
This seat is designed by Stelia Aerospace in the shape of a pod, somewhat similar to Lufthansa’s new business class, to allow for even more privacy than your typical business class.
Singapore Airlines’ new business class seat converts into a fully flat-bed, with direct aisle access for everyone. This 1-2-1 staggered layout is a major upgrade for the airline, which still has airplanes with a 2-2-2 design in the premier cabin.
Virgin Australia is set to debut a new business class for their Boeing 737 transcontinental flights at any time (no specific month has been determined). The airline will begin using their A330s (currently being used for domestic routes) for their flights to Asia, which the Boeing 737 will then help fill in the gap the A330s were flying for routes throughout Australia.
The new seats designed by Thompson Aero could potentially be lie-flat, but it’s not certain that all will have direct aisle access.
The new business class for British Airways, Club World, has been long-awaited. Set to make its appearance later this year (rumors say this November), this new design will be installed on the A350s and will take flight at the beginning of 2019.
Interestingly enough, the exact design is still to be determined. Nonetheless, the airline has mentioned that it may be the SkyLounge Core model by Zodiac Aerospace (pictured above). This is very similar to the business class found on Emirates A380, however, British Airways will customize it to suit their brand.
The new revamp is especially important for this carrier because it has to compete against luxurious airlines such as Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad. Once British Airways launches its new business class, it will be a game-changer for them.
Who else is ready to experience these new business class seat?