Yesterday Emirates officially unveiled their new business class seats at the ITB (the world’s leading travel trade show) in Berlin. The seats, which will be rolled out in November on the airline’s new 777-300ER aircraft, will replace the carrier’s now ageing angle lie-flat seats.
What has dumbfounded so many aviation enthusiasts, including myself, is that the carrier have chosen to continue with the 2 x 3 x 2 seat configuration, meaning not all seats have aisle access. The difference between the current Emirates 777 and A380 business class seats is astronomical, as I found out when I reviewed the service in 2014. I personally think consistency is the key to a comfortable business flight, and I’m sure that is why Cathay Pacific have such a loyal following, offering the same excellent business class seats, across their A330 and 777.
Whilst the new Emirates seat looks nice, I don’t find stepping out of my own pod on the A380, and into a middle forward facing seat on the 777 very appealing – nor do many seasoned business travellers.
Here’s a quick look at the seats from the fine folks at Design Air. Head to their website for a full gallery.