In general I find the best business class seat to be reverse herringbone like that offered by Cathay Pacific, American and US Airways (anxious for the rest of those legacy 777s to be converted), Delta (on not enough Europe routes), and EVA Airways. You get both privacy and comfort with all-aisle access.
And I think the second best seat is what Singapore offers. There’s plenty of space in their lie flat bed, with all aisle access, but less privacy.
But there’s a new concept from B/E Aerospace, not yet installed in any aircraft, that’s certainly interesting — that it’s too limiting when you try to manage all functions through just the seat. There’s greater adjustments possible for more uses (although – and as expensive as these seats can be – the more adjustments the more wear and tear one worries over as well).
Here’s the suite’s several functions.
What’s most impressive is how the space is manipulated to be most efficient. That’s highlighted in this video:
Skift offers this description:
On one side of the office, there is a rest and dining area, with a comfortable seat to enjoy meals and entertainment.
The ottoman across, makes room for a guest to sit across the separate dining table and chat.
On the other corner, there is a full-function desk which lets you sit upright at your own personal command centre to finish that presentation you need before landing, at ease.
When you need to sleep, the Breakout converts to a full suite, with full-width lie-flat bed, so you get a quality rest before landing.
Like the Etihad First Apartment, it’s possible to get out of the seat and move around inside the suite.
They show a four-across layout in a 777, similar to the best business class (and indeed most first class) configurations. It’s not yet complete and certified, but a new concept that’s well underway.
(HT: Road Warrior Voices)