Flying in European business class on Lufthansa's Airbus A321? We've got on-the-plane recommendations for the very best seats to pick on the plane in Lufthansa's "Eurobusiness" style business cabin.
The plane and the cabin
The A321 is Airbus' stretched version of the venerable A320 short-to-medium range aircraft, and Lufthansa plans to have 60 of them in its fleet.
With a single aisle and only one style of economy seating on board, it's similar to what you'll find on board Jetstar or Air New Zealand's smaller planes closer to home.
Yes, that's right, economy seating. Like many European airlnes, Lufthansa's business class on anything less than an intercontinental flight is just economy with the middle seat blocked off. All you get on board for your fare is that middle seat and a meal.
The best seats on the plane
1A, 2F: Want to get some serious work done? these seats have tables that fold down in front of them, which are absolutely fantastic for getting some work done with your laptop. (More airlines should have these in their economy seats, especially in bulkheads. They're much better than the tables that fold down from the seat in front or that come up from inside the armrests.) Since there's a wall in front of you, your feet can't stretch out as far as in rows behind, but that's made up for with extra knee-room.
1C, 2D: if you're tall, the bulkhead walls in front of these seats only stretch halfway in front of these seats, so you have heaps of legroom to stretch out: perfect for tall passengers. However, that means that your legs and feet (not to mention shoulders) might be knocked on the way past.
The worst seats on the plane
The last row in the cabin: since the Eurobusiness style of seating means that the business cabin can stretch as far back as row 8 depending on demand, there's no row that's always the last row in business. But whatever it is, you don't want it: it's immediately in front of the first row of economy, and there's a curtain above and behind your head that has a habit of falling over the top of the last row.
Also in our series of Best Seats guides…
- Club Europe (European business), British Airways Airbus A319
- Business class, Qantas Boeing 737-800
- First Class (domestic business), United Airbus A320
- Business Class (old Star Class), Jetstar Airbus A330
- Business Class, Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 (refurbished)
About John Walton
Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.