Following the back of our article featuring The 12 Best Business Class Seats , we whet the appetite to bring you ten airlines introducing new and exciting Business Class seats and suites - now just available and indeed, coming soon.
While some of these new seats aren't ground-breaking in design or setting new standards in luxury air travel, they significantly upgrade existing offerings and use some of the very best hard products available anywhere in the skies.
Airlines are increasingly embracing the concept of mini-suites in Business Class cabins, offering sliding privacy doors, high-tech features and standard-setting levels of comfort.
While this list of airlines isn't exhaustive, the BusinessClass.com guide to the 10 Best Business Class Seats – Coming Soon:
Japan Airlines (JAL) – Business Class Suite
Japan Airlines (JAL) recently unveiled new Business Class Suites that now appear on the first of the airline's A350-1000 aircraft. There are 13 due to be delivered by 2028. The new seat premiered late-2023 on a flight between Tokyo (Haneda) and New York (JFK), a 13-hour journey.
The A350-1000s have 54 Safran Business Class Suites over 14 rows in a 1-2-1 layout, designed to deliver the "most comfortable journey yet". All suites are enclosed with 52-inch (132 centimetres) high walls and equipped with privacy doors in a first for JAL. The seats fully recline to a lie-flat bed length of 78 inches (198 centimetres) and 22 inches (56 centimetres) wide. They boast personal wardrobes, luggage storage, and pressure-distributing cushioning materials. Clever design features include built-in headrest speakers to enjoy movies on the large 24-inch (61 centimetres) 4K in-flight entertainment screen, plus the convenience of wireless charging.
Now in service on one aircraft - 12 more to come!
Etihad Airways – Business Class Suite
The national airline of the United Arab Emirates has unveiled a raft of new Business Class products and enhancements on its soon-to-be-delivered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Business Class cabin will feature new Collins Aerospace Elements Suites – regarded as one of the best Business Class hard products, which will provide guests with a comfortable and spacious environment with added privacy from a suite door.
Each of the 32 Business seats has direct aisle access with the cabin designed in a reverse herringbone 1-2-1 configuration, offering comfort, convenience and privacy whether travelling individually or with companions. The seats recline to a fully lie-flat bed measuring 78 inches (198 centimetres), and features include 17.3 inches (44 centimetres) 4K TV screen, Bluetooth connectivity, multiple charging ports – including wireless charging, ample storage space and upgraded high-speed Viasat Wi-Fi.
The first of the new aircraft was initially due to enter service in late 2023. However, delays with the aircraft's delivery have set this back, though it is yet to be known precisely for how long.
Expected in service – delayed from the end of 2023
LOT Polish Airlines – Business Class Suite
LOT Polish Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in Europe, operating from its Polish hub in Warsaw and long-haul flights from Budapest (Hungary) to North America and Asia. The airline's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner fleet is set to receive a significant makeover with the introduction of Business Class suites implemented by 2026.
A fresh cabin design complements seat replacements across all classes, while a tech upgrade will see a 17.3-inch (43.9 centimetres) 4K in-flight entertainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, wireless charging and the introduction of wireless internet with global coverage.
The Business Class cabin will feature Recaro mini-suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, replacing the current 2-2-2 layout and guaranteeing every passenger unobstructed aisle access, with the benefit of individual sliding doors and dividers to maximise privacy, plus spacious storage for personal items. Drawing inspiration from Poland's picturesque landscapes, the cabins radiate a deep blue hue synonymous with the LOT brand, while copper accents mirror the radiant Polish sun.
Expected in service – by 2026
Cathay Pacific – Aria Business Class Suite
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is introducing a new Business Class product on its flagship Boeing 777-300ER fleet as early as the second quarter of 2024.
In a tempting hook, the airline has released initial details of the new product named Aria Suites, which will offer a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration with central seats angled inwards, complete with private sliding doors, fully lie-flat seating, ample storage, wireless charging and an elegant, sleek and spacious environment.
Though complete design and specification details are unknown, the new suites significantly upgrade the existing Business Class product for an airline offering some of the world's longest flights.
Expected in service – from the second quarter of 2024
Qantas – 'Project Sunrise' Business Suite
Australian flag carrier Qantas will introduce all-new cabins for its new Airbus A350-1000ULR aircraft, planned for delivery in the second half of 2025. The new aircraft will be used on ultra-long-range non-stop flights between Australia to New York and London – coined 'Project Sunrise.'
The aircraft will feature 238 seats across four classes, all featuring new seat designs that Qantas says "redefines" the travel experience.
In Business Class, 52 Suites will be separated by a galley and snack bar, creating cabins of 28 and 24 seats, respectively. The seats will alternate between being closer to the window or aisle, creating 'honeymoon' seats in the centre seat pairing for those travelling together, or increased privacy for passengers travelling alone. True window seats offer the most privacy.
The Suites will incorporate sliding privacy doors, a two-metre-long lie-flat bed, a seat width of 25 inches (63.5 centimetres) and a cushioned leather ottoman. Other features include wireless charging, multiple charging points, Bluetooth connectivity, hi-speed Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment.
Expected in service – from the end of 2025
Hawaiian Airlines – Leihōkū Suite
Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner interior, which reflects the rich natural beauty of Hawaiʻi, "featuring striking textures, island-inspired sunrise and sunset lighting, and fluid patterns symbolising ocean waves and wind".
The new Business Class cabin will feature 34 Leihōkū Suites (meaning 'garland of stars') on select routes commencing in early 2024. The suites feature lie-flat beds by Adient Aerospace in a 1-2-1 configuration, with sliding privacy doors and direct aisle access, wireless charging, laptop charging and power outlets, and an 18-inch in-flight entertainment screen.
Hawaiian Airlines became the inaugural airline to collaborate with Adient Aerospace in a joint venture between Boeing and Adient – an industry leader in car seating. The elegant and tranquil Business Class cabin features adaptable ceiling lighting that depicts soothing stages of the sunlit day and relaxing starlit evening skies.
Expected in service – from early 2024
SWISS International Airlines – "SWISS Senses"
Swiss Air Lines is introducing all-new First and Business Class cabins to its long-haul fleet from 2025, hot on the heels of parent company Lufthansa's own Allegris cabin upgrades.
The new premium cabins dubbed "SWISS Senses" will share the same product upgrades as Lufthansa with SWISS branding. The new seats will offer two-metre-long (79-inch) lie-flat beds with a total width of 80-82 centimetres (31 – 32.3 inches) and entertainment from 17-inch (43.2 centimetres) 4K IFE monitors.
The new Business Class cabin offers various seating options, from popular 'throne' style seating to four enhanced Business Plus Suites – with high sliding doors, a large 27-inch (69 centimetres) 4K IFE screen, a personal wardrobe and storage space at the front of the cabin. The cabin oozes intimacy with a colour scheme of claret and anthracite, finished with high-quality materials and design touches, including seat heating and cooling and a wireless charging station.
The new cabins will be installed on all new Airbus A350-900s due for delivery in 2025 and existing Airbus A330-300s and Boeing 777-300ERs.
Expected in service – from 2025
Lufthansa – Lufthansa Allegris
"Lufthansa Allegris" was first announced in 2017. However, repeated delays in new aircraft delivery have forced the release date back, with the new Lufthansa product expected to take to the skies at some point beyond the summer of 2024.
It is uncertain which aircraft will feature the debut Allegris cabins between the newly delivered Airbus A350s or the Boeing 787s. Either way, the new Business Class product promises to be a big hit with passengers, offering state-of-the-art two-metre-long lie-flat beds with heating and cooling capabilities, 4K IFE monitors, wireless charging and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Allegris cabin alternates between a 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 configuration, with central 'throne' seats popular with solo travellers. The front row of Business Class will have their own suite with the added privacy of chest-high walls and sliding doors. These suites offer greater personal space, a 27-inch (69 centimetres) monitor and great storage options. Each suite offers its own wardrobe and private minibar. The two centre seats connect, allowing companion travellers impressive privacy. Five further seat options include an extra-long bed at 2.20 metres (87 inches), privacy window seats – with or without a baby bassinet, a rear-cabin double seat and classic window seats.
Expected in service – from the second half of 2024 onwards
Air New Zealand – Business Premier Suites
Air New Zealand will be the launch customer for the new Safran Visa Business Class seat named Business Premier Suites, on the airline's new ultra-long non-stop routes connecting Auckland with New York and Chicago from 2024.
The new Business Class cabin refit on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be complete by 2026, offering a 1-2-1 herringbone configuration with fully lie-flat seats 20.5 inches (52 centimetres) wide and 80.25 inches (204 centimetres) when flat. The seat shell stands 47 inches (119 centimetres) off the floor, and although Air New Zealand opted not to have sliding doors, retractable shields provide additional privacy. Other features include 24-inch IFE screens, USB-A, USB-C, AC power outlets, Bluetooth audio and wireless charging. New Dreamliners arriving in 2024 will feature the new cabins.
The front row of the cabin will offer even more luxury – at additional cost – from the Business Premier Luxe Suites, featuring upgraded soft furnishings, sliding privacy doors, a larger table, a buddy seat - allowing for face-to-face companion dining - and more space to stretch out. Most aircraft will feature 22 Business Premier seats and four Business Premier suites. In contrast, specially configured ultra-long-range aircraft will have two Business Class cabins offering 42 Business Premier seats and eight Business Premier Luxe suites.
Expected in service – from 2024
Air India – Business Class Suites
India's flag carrier has unveiled a major rebrand, including contemporary Business Class, First Class and Premium Economy cabins, updated colours, livery and logo, in line with its ongoing Tata Group-owned transformation and merger with Vistara. Air India has committed to purchasing 470 aircraft to modernise its fleet, with Business Class becoming an all-suite cabin in a significant upgrade.
The airline's long-haul Business Class suites are configured in a staggered 1-2-1 layout, offering direct aisle access to all passengers – complete with a fully lie-flat seat, privacy doors, wireless charging, ottoman and sizeable touchscreen monitor. The suites feature a grey & aubergine colour scheme - accentuated with rose gold and silver accents.
In 2024, newly delivered Airbus A350-900s and other wide-body aircraft will feature the new cabins. The first new A350 was delivered in December, 2023 - and will fly domestic routes initially - with the Business Class Suite. Existing Boeing 777s and 787s will undergo a retrofit expected to take more than two years.
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