With the introduction and greater availability of lie-flat seats over the past two decades, long-haul business class cabins have greatly improved. Competition to create the best long haul business class seat is fierce.

Airlines funnel huge amounts of money into the hard product to attract high-revenue flyers, tempting business customers with offers of greater privacy and more room to stretch out. As a result, it’s no surprise that every airline puts a significant emphasis on its long haul business class product

While some carriers do have a first-class offering, notably from the established legacy carriers British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, to name a few – these are becoming increasingly rare. In reality, the best of today’s business class cabins are far better than the best of yesterday’s first class cabins, its no surprise that business class is where the real money is made.

There are several different styles of business class seating, but once airlines had decided that passengers were demanding seats which reclined into fully-flat beds, thanks in part to British Airways taking the lead some 20/30 years ago, a majority of manufacturers went to one of the major seat manufacturers and adapted their off-the-shelf products rather than designing a seat from scratch.

What that means is you will find versions of the same seat on many airlines. Some make major changes, some make minor ones, and of course, the exact specifications change not only from one airline to another but also from one aircraft type to another. In addition, some airlines will have one type of seat on one aircraft type and a completely different type on another.

Collins Aerospace
Super Diamond

Collins Aerospace Super Diamond is one of the most popular choices in the industry. The Diamond family comes in two variants: the Standard and Super layouts.

Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
Seat Name: Super Diamond
Configuration: 1-2-1 (777, 787, A380, A350)
Average lie flat Pitch: 78 Inches
Seat Type: Reverse Herringbone
Average lie flat Pitch: 78 Inches
IFE Screen: In the seat in front
Introduced: Air Canada (early 2010s)

Examples

  • Collins Aerospace Design

Available On

  • Qatar Airways (A350-900, 787, A380),
  • China Airlines (A350, 777)
  • American Airlines (787-9, 777-300)
  • British Airways (A350-1000)
  • Hong Kong Airlines (New A350-900)
  • Egyptair (787)
  • Virgin Atlantic (A350-1000)
  • Virgin Australia (777, A330)
  • Garuda Indonesia (select A330s)
  • Air China (A350-900s)
  • Air Canada (787s, 777s)
  • Hainan Airlines (new 787-9s)
  • WestJet (787-9s)
  • Saudia (some 777s)

Collins Aerospace
Serenity Suites

AKA. B/E Aerospace Apex Suites

Prior to Collins Aerospace’s acquisition of B/E Aerospace, these seats used to be called Apex Suites (understandably why) but are now branded as a VIP product called Serenity

Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
Seat Name: Serenity
Configuration: 2-2-2 (A330, 787, 777)
Configuration:  2-3-2 (777)
Seat Configuration: Forward Facing
IFE Screen: In the seat in front

Examples

  • Gulf Air Apex Suites

Available On

  • Korean Air “Prestige Suites” (787s in first and business class, some 777-300ERs, some A330s)
  • Japan Airlines (some 777-300ERs, some 787s)
  • Oman Air (A330s and 787s)
  • Gulf Air (787s)

Stelia Aerospace
Solstys

its no surprise these seats have become so popular. Stelia Aerospace actually have made multiple versions of the Solstys seats with the ones found on Turkish and Singapore airlines being the newest.

Manufacturer: Stelia Aerospace
Seat Name: Solstys
Configuration: 1-2-1
Seat Configuration: Staggered
IFE Screen: In the seat in front

Examples

  • Turkish Airlines Stelia Solstys Seat

Available On

  • Hong Kong Airlines (some A330s, A350s)
  • Hainan Airlines (some A330-300s, A350s)
  • Etihad Airways (777s, A330s), Alitalia (777s, A330s)
  • Malaysia Airlines (A330-200s)
  • Virgin Atlantic (A330-200s)
  • Singapore Airlines (787-10s – newer version – Solstys iii)
  • Asiana Airlines (A380s, 777s, A350s)
  • Turkish Airlines (787s – Aurora Class Seats)
  • Iberia (A330s, A340s)
  • Emirates (A380s – highly modified)
  • Vietnam Airlines (some A350s)
  • Azul (A330-200s)
  • Air Mauritius (A350s, A330neos)
  • Air Senegal (newer version – A330neo)
  • Thai Airways (A380s, 777-300ERs)
  • Garuda Indonesia (777-300ERs)
  • China Southern Airlines (various aircraft)

Thompson Aerospace Vantage XL

The Manufacturer makes two variants of the Vantage series, the Standard and the XL version, identical in design with the XL…well… XL in terms of width.

Manufacturer: Thompson Aero
Seat Name: Vantage XL
Configuration: 1-2-1 (A330, 777, A340, 787, A380, 767)
Seat Configuration: Staggered
Introduction: SAS
IFE Screen: In the seat in front

Examples

  • Latam Thompson Vantage XL

Available On

  • SAS (A330s, A340s), Qantas (A330s, 787s, A380s to be reconfigured with the seats)
  • South African (A330-300s)
  • Philippine Airlines (some A330-300s, A350s)
  • LATAM (some 767-300s)
  • Delta Air Lines (A350, some 777s, with doors)
  • China Eastern/Shanghai Airlines (A330s, 787s & A350s with doors)
  • Juneyao Airlines (787s)
  • Rwandair (A330s)

Safran Cirrus

The Safran Cirrus is very similar to the Collins Aerospace Super Diamond, but has a few differences such as the IFE monitor flips out – but its still a good seat overall with direct isle access.

Manufacturer: Safran (Previously Zodiac)
Seat Name: Cirrus
Configuration: 1-2-1 (A330, 777, A340, 787, A380)
Seat Configuration: Reverse Herringbone
Introduction: US Airways
IFE Screen: Flips out of the seat in front

Examples

  • Safran Cirrus Seat

Available On

  • Air France (777s, 787s)
  • Cathay Pacific (A330s, 777s, A350s)
  • American Airlines (A330s – older version -, 777-300ERs & A321 First Class (same version as Cathay)
  • Delta Air Lines (A330s)
  • KLM (787-9s)
  • Finnair (A350s)
  • Sri Lankan Airlines (A330-300s)
  • Vietnam Airlines (Boeing 787-9s, some A350-900s)
  • China Eastern (777s, some A330s)
  • Thai Airways (787-9s)
  • Avianca (787s, some A330s)
  • Iran Air (A330-200s)
  • EVA Air (777s)

Notable Mentions

For the best long haul business class seat on the market…

Safran Fusio

The Safran Fusio is an extremely large business class seat with the only notable large carrier to support the seat is All Nippon Airways – which have dubbed it “The Room”

Qatar Qsuite

Qatar Qsuites is arguably the flagship business class in the skies. It is a custom seat which is pegged as “First class in business” – according to the airline at least.

The flexibility and privacy of the suite makes it a strong contender for the best long haul business class seat.

Thompson Vantage “Throne”

One of the more desired seats during seat selection, the Thompson Vantage “throne” seat is found on carriers with a single-seat configuration such a Swiss, Aer Lingus and West Jet.

RECARO CL6710

Used on El Al, TAP Portugal & Azul

SAFRAN SKYLOUNGE

Used on All Nippon Airways & China Southern Airlines

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