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The best seats in business class on Qantas' Boeing 737-800

By John Walton     Filed under: qantas, Boeing 737, best seats, worst seats, Boeing 737-800

Travelling on Qantas' Boeing 737-800 in business class? Here's our guide to picking the best seats on the plane, which you'll find on Qantas' flights within Australia, across the Tasman to New Zealand and to some shorter international destinations.

The plane

Boeing's 737-800 is the mainstay of Qantas' domestic fleet, with around fifty aircraft in service.

Qantas' New Zealand subsidiary Jetconnect (which does most of the Red Roo's trans-Tasman flying) also uses 737-800s across the ditch too.

When booking, you'll often see these planes marked "737-800", but can also sometimes be seen as "737 (winglets)".

(Qantas' older 737-400 planes are being phased out, but if you end up on one, we've got a guide to picking the best seats on that plane too.)

The business class cabin

Business class has twelve seats, in three rows of 2-2 seating at the front of the plane. Qantas' latest next-generation 737-800s have leather Marc Newson-designed seats.

You'll find seats A and C on the left, with D and F on the right hand side.

Seat pitch -- the space between your seat back and the one in front -- is a fairly standard domestic business class 37 inches, similar to international premium economy.

Each seat is 22 inches wide and comes with a 10.6-inch seatback touchscreen, plus power points and USB connections.

The best seats on the plane

1A 1F: if you have a larger laptop and need to get some work done, these window seats at the front of the cabin are ideal since there's nobody reclining back into you.

1C 1D: very tall travellers may prefer these seats to be able to stick their feet out into the aisle, since there's no seat in front of them to tuck their feet underneath.

The worst seats on the plane

Row 3: there's nothing especially bad about these seats, but you run the risk of being disturbed by economy passengers behind.


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.


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1 on 19/10/11 by colinsteven

I've found that when I have used FF points to upgrade to this class on these planes my only options for seat selection have been the last row. But it hasnt been too bad noise wise.

2 on 19/10/11 by wilsoni

37" seat pitch standard domestic business class. Trans-Tasman this is pathetic, especially at the grossly inflated price. It's an international flight, despite QF being in denial about that. Fly Emirates to NZ and get proper business class at half the QF price.  Including a well-presented meal that looks and tastes like real food. And a twin-aisle plane appropriate to international travel.

1 on 19/10/11 by John

2 on 19/10/11 by Noob

It's only a 3-4hr flight from the east coast - I personally don't think it would be worth it for dedicated trans tasman services, remember Emirates isn't just going back and forth across the tasman.

37inches is fine, but the prices should be less than Emirates long haul business

1 on 19/10/11 by am

Why? EK have thrown masses of capacity at Australia-NZ (ie 70+ J seats a day SYD-AKL on the A380) and have to cut their fares to fill some of the seats. If QF can fill 12 seats at their fare level then why wouldn't they? If there were lots of empty seats then the price would come down...

On another note - do these planes actually have leather seats? The lone TT 738 I've been on had fabric...

1 on 19/10/11 by John

I'd imagine that Qantas can and does fill the seats to Auckland (which is the only really long-haul standard competitive route) with people for whom QFF points are a huge draw.

For its other flights (especially to poor old Wellington with its tiny windy runway) there's not the competition since Air NZ is all-economy and Pacific Blue hasn't yet converted to a business class.

Some of the planes do have leather seats, though as I understand it it's only the newest batch -- not the Boeing Sky Interior batch that are coming soon, but the current ones that are being delivered. I think that some of the Jetconnect NZ-based 737s are included in that number, but don't quote me on that.


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