The best business class seats on Emirates' Boeing 777-200LR

By Brandon Loo, February 28 2019

Emirates’ newest business class seat is currently soaring between Adelaide and Dubai, alongside flights to Fort Lauderdale, Santiago and São Paulo.

While it's fair to say that the new 2-2-2 arrangement isn't on-par with many other airlines, it's still an improvement on the Emirates Boeing 777 business class of yesteryear, which still features angled-flat sloping seats in a denser 2-3-2 layout.

Emirates Boeing 777-200LR business class: seat map

The new business class cabins have 38 fully-flat seats arranged six-abreast across seven rows.

While all the seats occupy the same space as such, the exit doors and a snack bar between rows five and six divide the business class cabin into 26 seats at the front and 12 seats in the rear.

Aisle seats in rows three and four are designated as accessible seating for those with disabilities, while bassinets are located across row six: specifically seats 6B, 6E, 6F and 6J.

If you do find yourself on one of these refreshed birds, here’s our take on the best seats of the bunch – but keep in mind seat preferences can be very subjective.

Read: Emirates Boeing 777-200LR business class seat review

Emirates Boeing 777-200LR: best business class seats

Best in class: rows 1-4 (E/F pairs). The front middle pairs are unequivocally our best pick for any business traveller, whether travelling solo or with a colleague. Thanks to the aircraft's layout, guaranteed uninterrupted aisle access, plus a greater feeling of space since there are no overhead bins in the centre.

When there's no other choice: rows 1-3 (B & J seats). If you’re travelling on your own but can’t find a centre seat, then these aisle seats in selected rows are the next best. Upsides are having the flexibility to leave your seat and use the overhead lockers anytime, but downsides are potentially being disturbed by your seatmate and a complete lack of privacy from anyone walking down the aisle.

For the mates: rows 1-3 (A/B and J/K pairs). These six pairs of seats are suitable for couples and friends travelling together, who don’t necessarily mind stepping over each other during the flight. Just beware of the downsides of sitting at a window pair, which are the same as in the point above.

For that private jet feel: rows 1-3 (A & K seats). You'll feel right at home in these front window seats if privacy is a priority and getting boxed in by a seatmate doesn't bother you. However, the majority of travellers will likely see this as a negative, thus your mileage may vary.

Emirates Boeing 777-200LR: seats to avoid in general

Rows 5-7: There are some drawbacks here – row five is directly in front of the social area, which may lead to increased disturbances if passengers started gathering.

Rows six and seven have it worse by being behind the social area. Apart from the associated noise, there’s now also now a bright light in front of you, which may hinder sleep. The lights illuminating the social area are not dimmed during the flight.

Window pairs: Unless you’re truly a deep dreamer who can be left alone for hours, it’s best to avoid the window pairs altogether. First up, it’s difficult for A and K seat passengers to manoeuvre their way towards the aisle while the B and J passengers are snoozing in bed-mode, resulting in inconvenience for everyone.

Secondly, there are no overhead lockers down the centre, so everyone will have their luggage stored above your heads – especially annoying if you’re in a B or J seat and there's someone rummaging above you.

Rows 4 & 6, window pairs: These two rows are missing a window on each side. Passengers in A and K seats will still have one window directly adjacent to their face so it shouldn't be too much of a bother, but those in the aisle B and J seats won’t have much of a view to speak about thanks to the privacy partition.

In future business class refreshes, Emirates CEO Tim Clark promises the 2-2-2 middle seat layout is "history" and future Emirates business class seats will be based on the airline's Airbus A380 product, which has a more passenger-friendly 1-2-1 layout.

"What you see on the upper deck of the A380 is what's going to be in all our cabins from now on," Clark told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the IATA aviation summit in Sydney in 2018.

Also read: Emirates Boeing 777-200LR business class review, Dubai-São Paulo

Brandon Loo

Brandon divides his time between Perth and Launceston, with ample hours spent in airport lounges in between. He recently picked up photography and tries to capture the beauty of Tasmanian landscapes, aeroplane cabins and in-flight food, to varying degrees of success.

qantas

10 Oct 2013

Total posts 113

could you confirm if the 200LR is staying on the ADL-DXB route for longer than intiially stated - it was supposed to be only during runway works but seems to be on all flights now april/may/jul/oct that i have coming up - would appreciate any insider knowledge on that

Etihad - Etihad Guest

21 Feb 2019

Total posts 1

The 777-200LR now operates the routing indefinitely, replacing the -300ER... Runway works in Dubai will still see service reduction to 4x weekly though.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Dec 2016

Total posts 41

is the 777-200LR different to the 300ER? As in the business class 2-2-2 configuration, or is it still the 2-3-2 config?

10 Jul 2018

Total posts 84

The Boeing 777-300ERs still have a 2-3-2 layout as far as I'm aware.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 326

Yes, the new -200LR has a 2-2-2 config. The existing -300ER has 2-3-2. The older aircraft are NOT being reconfigured.

25 Feb 2015

Total posts 25

The whole 2 2 2 thing just feels so underwhelming really doesn’t it.
sgb
sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

What a great Busines class cabin.

07 Dec 2016

Total posts 29

Oh dear Emirates, 2-2-2 is not very 2019 (or earlier)! That configuration might work with a partner or friend, but for females who fly solo on business we infinitely prefer any reputable airline with a 1-2-1 configuration. (Double is ok when on leisure with husband but forget it for work.
1-2-1 indefinitely better. It baffles me that why Emirates can manage that for the upper deck on the A380 but not for the 777.

13 Jan 2018

Total posts 3

When will this all take effect? My sister's coming to ADL on 29th March. It'd be great if it were all 2-2-2 by then. Anyone know?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jul 2013

Total posts 33

I believe it certainly will be...

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 92

Emirates seems to have done it's best to make the J class cabin as horrible as possible. 2-2-2, bright lights and a "social area" smack in the middle, B and J seats bugged by centre pair pax accessing lockers, missing windows. Who thought all this up?

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