Flying business class on a Qantas Airbus A380? The superjumbos have all been upgraded with new business class seats – using the same excellent seat as featured on the Qantas Boeing 787s – and we’ve got your go-to list for the best business class seats on the Qantas A380.
As always, there are some prime picks to grab first chance you have, plus a few seats which you might want to reconsider...
Qantas A380 business class seats: what you need to know
If you’ve only ever flown on the Qantas A380s before these new business class seats were fitted, you’re in for a treat.
Out went the ageing Skybed II seats, as part of a multi-million dollar refurbishment, and in came the modern Qantas Business Suite with direct aisle access for every passenger, more personal space and storage around the seat, plus a large, lush personal video screen to help you while away the inflight hours.
There are 70 Business Suites along the upper deck, all arranged in a 1-2-1 layout.
Ahead of them are two ‘premium lounges’ (one either side of the grand staircase connecting the upper and main decks), designed as traveller-friendly social spaces available to business and first class flyers.
Behind the business class cabin is the premium economy cabin – a seperate space of 60 recliners, again using the same design as debuted on the Boeing 787.
One set of Qantas A380 business class washrooms flank the kitchen galley – located at the main exit just ahead of the superjumbo's massive wings – with two more lavs at the rear of the cabin, behind row 28.
Qantas A380: the best business class seats
In a rush? Here’s your cheat sheet to choosing the best business class seats on the Qantas A380.
The best Qantas A380 business class seats for maximum legroom and footspace: 11A, 11E, 11F, 11K, 16A, 16K, 17E, 17F
The best Qantas A380 business class seats for couples: choose any of the paired E/F seats
The best Qantas A380 business class seats if you want to be right next to the window: 11A, 11K, 13A, 13K, 15A, 15K, 16A, 16K, 18A, 18K, 20A, 20K, 22A, 22K, 24A, 24K, 26A, 26K, 28A, 28K
Qantas A380 business class seatmap
Keen to get more granular? Start by scanning this seatmap of the refurbished Qantas Airbus A380's upper deck business class cabin.
Note the smaller 'mini-cabin' at the front, from rows 11 through 15, ahead of the galley and toilets.
This offers a cosier, more intimate vibe compared to the main business class cabin (rows 16 through 28).
The seats in the first row of each of the two business class cabins (specifically, rows 11 and 16) enjoy more legroom and space for your feet when the seat is converted to a bed, as the recess where your feet nestle is a larger space carved into the bulkhead wall instead of needing to fit under the seat in front of you.
The take-away? If you have large feet or simply want a bit of extra wiggle-room, shoot for seats 11A, 11E, 11F, 11K, 16A, 16K, 17E or 17F.
Qantas A380: the best business class seats for avoiding noise
But there's a downside to those front rows: the potential for noise to interrupt your sleep.
Row 11 is directly behind the two new lounge areas, while row 16 is located just behind the galley kitchen. Also note that baby bassinets are at seats 17E and 17F, so the front rows of that larger business class cabin could be subject to the squeals of infants.
Rows 15 and 28 are close to the business class lavs, which always makes for a bit of foot traffic and noise.
If you're flying with a partner, all of the middle seats (the E and F seats) have a privacy screen which can be pushed down so you can share the journey.
Qantas A380 best business class seats: window or aisle?
The staggered layout of the Qantas Business Suite presents a few twists compared to a more conventional seating arrangement, which in turn makes it paramount for the savvy traveller to make an informed choice when it comes to the new A380 business class.
Looking more closely at Qantas' refurbished A380 seatmap below, only half of the window seats are actually located directly next to the window – the others are closer to the aisle.
However, all 'window' seats are labelled A and K: so there's no way of knowing without reference to the seatmap if you'll have the seat's shelf located between you and the window, or between you and the aisle.
Why does this matter? Many people highly value that view on take-off, landing or any time during the flight. These 'true' window seats also feel a little more private because you're a bit away from the aisle.
Fancy a 'real' window seat on Qantas' refurbished A380? You'll need to choose the A or K seats in rows 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 or 28.
There's a bonus here: you will also have access to the deep stowage bins sitting under the A380's upper deck windows. They're the perfect place to stash your pillow and blanket, shoes, a small bag and the like.
The caveat is that sitting directly next to the window means the seat's shelf is between you and the aisle, and 'passengers of size' can find it a little uncomfortable squeezing past that shelf and the rear shell of seat in front of them, every time they leave and return to their seat.
If you're happy to sit at the aisle and away from the window, select an A or K seat in rows 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 or 27.