The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

Flying to Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dubai, London and seasonally to Hong Kong is the Qantas Airbus A380: equipped with fully-flat beds for business class passengers along the upper deck.

But not every business seat is created equal: some are better for working, others for uninterrupted sleep and also those for families travelling together.

Whatever your circumstances, here's what you'll find on the Qantas Airbus A380 and our top picks for each type of traveller.

Qantas Airbus A380 business class

Spanning 11 rows on the superjumbo's upper deck, Qantas' business class seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 layout.

There's a small cluster of three rows at the front, followed by the gallery and toilets, then eight more rows.

[Click the seat map above to enlarge it.]

That's less favourable than Qantas' newer A330 Business Suites which provide direct aisle access for all, but there are still some sweet spots throughout the cabin.

Rows 11-13: These are usually reserved for Qantas' Platinum-grade frequent flyers until close to departure, and are your best bet for privacy and a good night's sleep. Other passengers pass through the aisles here only when they need to visit the lounge at the very front, which from our experience is seldom used on overnight flights.

(If noise from the lounge is a concern, get a seat on the left side of these rows.)

You're also somewhat insulated from the bassinet seats further back thanks to galleys and restrooms in between, although lighter sleepers should opt for row 12 to avoid any noise from the restrooms behind, or any talking from the lounge in front.

Row 15: Next back, check to see if seats in row 15 are free – there's no centre pair here, so these seats can feel a touch more private. But if noise from the galley or the chance of a baby nearby is a concern, keep on walking.

Rows 18-19: Smack bang in the middle of the main business class cabin, these seats are as far away as you can get from the forward business lavatories, galleys and bassinets before approaching those at the rear, and being equidistant from the bathrooms means you're less likely to have people walking past your seats in the aisle.

Any E or F seat: A downside of the 2-2-2 layout is that most passengers need to hop over somebody to reach the aisle or must be hopped over themselves, but the seats in the centre E & F pair don't have this problem as there's an aisle on either side.

Extra storage? A & K seats: Qantas' second-generation Skybeds don't offer much by way of in-seat storage, so if you're armed with a laptop bag and want easy access to it throughout the flight, pick a window seat as these boast space-saving side bins that are perfect for this – except in row 20.

Also read: The best seats in first class on the Qantas Airbus A380

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10 Comments

  • TBIBC

    TBIBC

    3 Mar, 2016 07:31 pm

    I was lucky enough to travel in Business Class aboard one of the Qantas A380's
    (admittedly, I prefer Qantas' old F in the 747's! when going to the US as an 'avgeek')  this tiem though from Heathrow, and getting seat 13E which was nice. I'd recommend seats 11A or 11K but not really any other seats in row 11 as when someone walks through the cabin when dark to or from the 'Qantas couch' the light shines through which is quite bright and annoying when sleeping. Row 13 had little noise as there is also a sizeable cupboard for jackets between it and the galley. Between the forward and rear cabin I would recommend the forward cabin always.

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  • JCAR

    JCAR

    6 Mar, 2016 02:08 pm

    As long as Qanta keep these comfortable seats and don't degenrate to the low standard of Emirates on their A 380, they have my vote.

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  • oliverfladrich

    oliverfladrich

    3 Mar, 2016 09:04 pm

    Also worth noting that the second half of the cabin has their service beggining from row 18 - so it's a good place to be seated.

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  • Truie

    Truie

    3 Mar, 2016 10:32 pm

    The best, is there one by comparison to any decent airline? Sorry QANTAS, 2x2x2 just doesn't cut it.

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  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    4 Mar, 2016 11:32 am

    I know its frustrating but there's no way QF won't update the A380's hard product eventually. They'll probably do it after the Dreamliners arrive and free up 747s (to use as substitutes for the A380).

    The simple fact is that even with QF's galley configuration, the Business Suite gives 1" longer, 1.5" wider beds and direct aisle access to all customers AND will fit at least 4 extra passengers PLUS two additional lavatories within the same area. Qantas know this. They aren't stupid enough to really believe that Skybed 2 isn't outdated.

    Wait until the 787-9s arrive. Then we'll see the A380s get refreshed.

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    Chris Chamberlin

    4 Mar, 2016 03:21 pm

    Posts discussing Emirates' new Boeing 777 business class seats have been removed from this article as off-topic.

    (AusBT comment policy: We do not censor comments based solely on a point of view but we will delete comments that we consider to be off-topic...)

    The topic here is Qantas' A380 business class seats – not Emirates' new B777 business class. Emirates' new seat can be discussed on the relevant Emirates article. :)

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  • Craig Dennington

    Craig Dennington

    5 Mar, 2016 03:59 pm

    I'll take any of the E or F seats when travelling alone - thank you.. middle aisle, plenty of overhead stowage space - and noone crawling over you in the middle of the night.


    Or happily A/B or J/K when travelling with SWMBO.

    I avoid 11 F or J - being too close to the front seating area - as often been woken up by loudmouth folk having a few drinks together mid flight.

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  • kamere

    kamere

    7 Mar, 2016 08:55 am

    Try to avoid 15A or 15K when travelling alone as it is awkward fumbling over B or J. The noise and lights from the galley can be annoying, especially on the o/n journey back to Oz.

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  • mviy

    mviy

    4 Nov, 2016 04:28 pm

    Grabbed 12A, 12B and 12E in both directions for an upcoming trip. Looking forward to trying "Emerald City".

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  • flatout

    flatout

    13 Nov, 2016 10:16 am

    The seats in the first photo are looking a bit tired. 

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