The Business Class Seat Layout Guide

It seems there are many different styles of business class seats. There are the fully lie flat seats, the partial reclining seats and complete suite type seats. The biggest gripe among passengers over the years has been aisle access. Generally, passengers don’t want to disturb their neighbors by climbing over them if then when nature calls. To answer those complains, some airlines created a seat that would allow, direct uninterrupted aisle access. Below we created a layout guide to some of the different seat designs and what they offer.


The Recliner – These business class seats are among the most popular on those domestic flights. They are comfortable for a short flight, however, not recommended on long flights exceeding 8 hours.  Use caution when reclining. You may have a passenger sitting behind you who may not appreciate feeling the need to give you a haircut.

The Angled Recliner Hybrid – Like the recliner, this seat is used primarily on shorter, domestic flights. It has an advantage over the recliner as when it reclines it won’t rest in the lap of the person behind you.


The Angled Lie-Flat Seat – These seats were made for those medium to long distance flights. The design has many variations but all in all, it reclines to a nearly lie flat position. Although, they aren’t as comfortable as their fully flat counterparts, they do the trick and can allow for a decent rest.


The Forward Facing Fully Flat Bed Seat – These seats are the ultimate innovation in business class seating. They offer the opportunity to conform to a completely flat surface, allowing for a good night’s sleep. The one downside is the lack of uninterrupted aisle access according to some business class cabin layouts.


The Staggered Fully Flat Bed Seat – These are the crown jewels of the isle access business seat. They are normally staggered in a way to allow each passengers complete isle access.


The Forward- Backwards Fully Flat Bed – This set up comes in two variations. Entire rows may go head to head and toe to toe and where isle seats face forwards and everything else faces backwards. The good thing with these seats is that they adjust to a full flat bed. The down side is complicated isle access. If you’re at a window seat, your will have to climb over your sleeping seat mate.


The Herringbone Fully Flat Bed – These seats face inward toward the cabin. The good thing with the herringbone design is more privacy, direct isle access and a long flat bed to stretch out on. The down side to the seats would only really affect those who love to look out the window as this design requires an angle of the head to look out of the window.


The Staggered Herringbone Fully Flat Bed – This is relatively a new design of the herringbone set up. It’s a more zig zag staggered option to appeal to the more narrow body aircraft.