What do you want to see in a Business class seat?


TALKING POINT | Today’s best business class seats tick three key boxes for the corporate traveller. They convert into lie-flat beds; they have direct aisle access; and there’s ample personal space around the seat itself.

That’s on top of the assumed basics, such as a comfortably wide seat with AC and USB power sockets at hand.

So what’s next for business class? This is the question which airlines and seat designers probe, prod and puzzle over in an effort to move beyond the norm and past the competition.

The average lifespan of a business class seat design is now said to be around seven years – so a seat launched in 2010 is already in danger of falling behind the times.

(Hence why Qantas is overdue to upgrade the circa 2007 Skybed II business class seats of its Airbus A380, and British Airways even more so with its eagerly-anticipated next generation of Club World.)

Some of the latest business class seat designs are borrowing concepts from first class, such as siding doors (Qatar Airways’ Qsuite and Delta’s Airbus A350 Delta One) and double beds (the Qsuite once again, along with Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A380 business class).

Keeping pace with consumer technology sometimes means providing not one but two USB ports, and ideally both of those rated as high-power sockets capable of fully charging tablets and large-screen smartphones.

But there’s got to be much more than that – so we’re turning the topic over to the peripatetic Australian Business Traveller readers.

What features do you want to see in the next generation of business class seats? USB-C ports, to power the latest smartphones? Ever-larger video screens (in high definition, of course)? Even more space around and under the seat?

Share your thoughts and the top-line items of your wishlist as a comment below…