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The best seats in Business Class on Emirates' A380

The plane

The airline with the most A380s in the world, Emirates plans to have a full 90 of the superjumbos flying via its Dubai mega-hub.

Emirates flies an A380 from Dubai to Sydney and on to Auckland every day, which makes it a great option if you're looking for a full-service airline (with proper international standard business class) across the Tasman.

From Dubai, Australian passengers will find useful connections on Emirates' A380s to London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris and Jeddah. It's also found on routes from Dubai to Bangkok, Toronto, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai.

The Business Class cabin

With Economy taking up the whole of the lower deck of the A380, Business Class occupies the rear three quarters of the upper deck, behind First Class.

The seats go back 19 rows, from row 6 to row 26. (Yes, they skip row 13.)

The Business Class cabin is laid out in a unique staggered layout, where every seat has direct access to the aisle. Here's how it works.

A and K seats are immediately next to the windows on either side of the plane, with B and J seats inboard of them on the aisle. To get to A & K, you pass through a small gap between the rows, where your side table is.

In the middle block, seats E and F are in the very middle, separated by a privacy screen. Seats D and G are on the left and right hand aisles, respectively.

Each seat converts into a fully flat bed - not a lie-flat tilted seat on an angle like in Emirates' 777-300ER Business Class layout.

There's more bed length in the window and middle seats by a whopping nine inches, so tall passengers or people who like to really stretch out on their beds should pick A, K, E or F seats. There's no real benefit to the aisle B, D, G or J seats. People travelling in pairs should pick the middle E and F seats.

The in-flight entertainment is Emirates' fantastic ICE, and includes an absolutely massive screen.

Each seat has a small side table and a mini-bar for soft drinks. The touch screen controller for the video screen is also nestled on the side table.

There's a large fold-out table for meals and working as well, and every seat has an AC power point.

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