SIA Fleet: Boeing 777-200

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The SIA 777-200 fleet currently operates in two primary configurations, Version 1 and Version 2/3. The Version 3 configuration is identical in total seats (including by cabin class) to Version 2, but has a slightly different seating, galley and toilet layout, so we assess it separately.

  • Version 1 is the oldest layout, now fitted to only one aircraft 9V-SRL. There are 30 business class recliner-style seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, and an economy class cabin totalling 293 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
  • Version 2 features the newer Regional J seats, 38 in total in a 2-2-2 configuration, and has 228 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
  • Version 3 is identical in total capacity per cabin as Version 2, but has some galley and toilet layout variations.

How can I tell which Version I am flying on?

If you’re flying business and the seat map shows a 2-3-2 layout, you’re in Version 1. If it shows a 2-2-2 layout and there is a row 18, it’s Version 2. For a 2-2-2 layout without row 18, it’s Version 3.

If you’re flying economy and the seat map goes up to row 64, you’re in Version 1, if the seat map goes up to row 57 it’s Version 2 or Version 3, which are identical in economy class.

If the seat map does not resemble any of the above options, it’s possible you’re flying on a 777-200ER, click here for details.

 

Version 1: Business Class

The 777-200 Version 1 is the ‘black sheep’ of the SIA fleet. Why? Because the airline actually doesn’t admit to it’s existence any more. That’s right – you won’t find a seat map for this aircraft configuration on the Singapore Airlines website. We can assure you however that at the time of writing, it is still very much in operation.

A single aircraft still has this layout – 9V-SRL. It usually shuttles between Singapore and Bangkok, almost every day as SQ972/975 in the morning, and in the afternoon as SQ982/983.

What’s so awful about this plane is that the business class cabin is still fitted with the old ‘blue recliner’ seats in a dated 2-3-2 configuration.

The ‘blue recliners’ have had their day.
(Photo: Chris Finney)
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The one to watch out for: 2-3-2 in Business Class on the 777-200 means Version 1

While it’s true there is only one aircraft left, it is to be avoided in business class. Once you’re aware of the 2-3-2 configuration on the seat map in this cabin – ditch the booking and choose a different flight or a different airline, especially for a KrisFlyer business redemption which would be a total waste on this plane. It genuinely is the worst business class product operating on the SIN-BKK-SIN route today, and that includes an assessment of what Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific are operating.

Best Seats

If you must travel in business on this plane (have we mentioned you shouldn’t?), then seats 11 D/F, 12A/C and 12H/K are the bulkhead pairs, and feature extra legroom, but beware the bassinet positions across three of the seats in this forward row.

Worst Seats

Row 16: The last row of business class in the Version 1 configuration, row 16 is directly in front of the galley and toilet area, meaning more foot traffic, behind which is the first row of the economy class section, which also has four bassinet positions, so some noise is possible if there are infants in that row. Avoid.

Other Tips

Solo travellers will probably want to opt for one of the aisle seats (C, D, F or H), or possibly a window seat (A or K) depending on personal preference. For couples, the window pairs (A/C or H/K) make the most sense. The ‘E’ middle seat is to be avoided, especially if travelling alone, as you’ll have a stranger on both sides.

Version 1: Economy Class

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777-200 (Version 1) Economy Class Seat Map

The economy cabin on the Version 1 aircraft is spread across two main sections in a 3-3-3 layout. The forward section is slightly larger than the rear section.

Best Seats

The first row in the cabin (row 31) is at the bulkhead and so offers extra legroom, but this is also the main bassinet position in the economy class section so some noise is possible if there are infants on board. The window seats (A&K) at this row are missing a window too, so may not be the best choice.

Seats 51 A/B and 51 J/K are also exit row seats with extra legroom, and have the benefit of being ‘couple pairs’ which are rare on this aircraft in economy. However, the window seats (A&K) at this row are missing a window, and a bassinet position is nearby in the centre seats of the immediate row behind.

Those centre seats 52 D/E/G also have extra legroom, but as mentioned two bassinet stations are a potential drawback.

Seats 52C and 52H have no seat in front of them and therefore significant extra legroom.

The other ‘couple pairs’ on this aircraft are a mixed blessing. Seats 50A/C are very close to the main bank of economy class toilets, and missing a window. Seats  63A/C and 63H/K may well be the best couple pairs, despite being very near the back, as the ‘couple’ seat pairs behind those (64 A/C and 64 H/K) are right next to the rear galley / toilet and so slightly less desirable.

Worst Seats

Row 31, 36, 43 & 51 A/K seats: For the window seats at rows 31, 36, 43 and 51, the window is missing. If you’re a fan of the view outside, or just plain claustrophobic, avoid.

Rows 49, 50 & 64: These rows are located right in front of either the main bank of five toilets (rows 49 & 50), or the rear toilets and rear economy galley (row 64), meaning lots of foot traffic, queuing and noise around these seats. Avoid.

Version 2: Business Class

This version of the SIA 777-200 is fitted with their regional business class product – a 2-2-2 configuration with 172-degree recline (almost flat, but not quite!). That gives rise to three main concerns – aisle access, privacy, and, perhaps most importantly, sleeping.

Business class seats on the 777-200 Version 2 are fitted with the regional business product in a 2-2-2 configuration.
(Photo: Edwin Leong)
Regional Business Class on the 777-200. Daytime snooze yes, but don’t count on a good night’s sleep.
(Photo: Edwin Leong)

For a daytime flight it’s actually quite acceptable, especially when travelling as a couple. Overnight it’s one to avoid due to the angled bed (good enough for a daytime snooze in our opinion, but not conducive to a good night’s sleep).

Travelling solo, these seats aren’t great for privacy. There is a reasonably-sized privacy divider between each seat pair, but it doesn’t afford you the seclusion of the newest business class seats in the fleet.

Best Seats

The business class section on the Version 2 aircraft is split across two cabin sections, the forward section of three rows (four centre pairs), and a second cabin after the second set of main aircraft cabin doors, which has a further three rows.

There are three toilets in business class, one at the front and two at the second set of main aircraft doors, between the two cabins. You can avoid some of the foot traffic by choosing a seat in the rear cabin.

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777-200 (Version 2) Business Class Seat Map

Seats 11 D/F as well as 12 A/C and 12 H/K benefit from some additional legroom, as does all of row 17, though beware the infant bassinets are also at these rows so there is a possibility of disturbance, and the IFE screens are mounted on the bulkhead wall in front of you as there is no seat in front.

We usually hedge our bets around halfway down either of the business cabins (row 14 or row 18) for this reason, especially on an overnight sector.

Worst Seats

Row 16: Proximity to the galley and toilets means more foot traffic and potentially more noise in this row. Although there is a full galley between row 16 and the first row in the second business class section (row 17), be aware that row 17 has two additional bassinet positions, and that some noise is therefore possible. Avoid.

Row 19: Proximity to first row of the economy class section (row 31) may mean some noise as row 31 has three bassinet positions. Avoid.

Other Tips

If travelling solo, one of the middle seats (D or F) is preferable. In the best case, no one will select the seat next to you, giving you ample extra space. In the worst case, both you and the stranger next to you have unrestricted aisle access (i.e. you won’t be stuck in the window seat having to climb over their legs in the middle of the night, or vice-versa).

As a couple it’s up to you whether you prefer the middle D/F pair for the same unrestricted aisle access for each passenger, or a window pair A/C or H/K. We tend to go for the window pair, as it provides more privacy especially for the window passenger.

Version 2: Economy Class

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777-200 (Version 2) Economy Class Seat Map

The economy cabin on the Version 2 aircraft is spread across two similarly-sized main sections in a 3-3-3 layout.

Best Seats

The first row in the cabin (row 31) is at the bulkhead and so offers extra legroom, but this is also the main bassinet position in the economy class section so some noise is possible if there are infants on board.

Seats 44 A/B and 44 J/K are also exit row seats with extra legroom, and have the benefit of being ‘couple pairs’ which are rare on this aircraft in economy. However, the window seats (A&K) at this row are missing a window, and a bassinet position is nearby in the centre seats of the immediate row behind.

Those centre seats 45 D/E/G also have extra legroom, but as mentioned two bassinet stations are a potential drawback.

Seats 45C and 45H have no seat in front of them and therefore significant extra legroom.

Seats  56A/C and 56H/K may well be the best ‘couple pairs’ on this aircraft, despite being very near the back, as the ‘couple’ seat pairs behind those (57 A/C and 57 H/K) are right next to the rear galley / toilet and so slightly less desirable.

Worst Seats

Row 36 A/K seats: For the window seats at row 36, the window is missing. If you’re a fan of the view outside, or just plain claustrophobic, avoid.

Rows 42, 43 & 57: These rows are located right in front of either the main bank of six toilets (rows 42 & 43), or the rear economy galley (row 57), meaning lots of foot traffic, queuing and noise around these seats. Avoid.

Version 3: Business Class

Version 3 of the SIA 777-200, like Version 2, is fitted with their regional business class seats – so our comments above on that product also apply to these aircraft.

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777-200 (Version 3) Business Class Seat Map

The same business class seat total is achieved on the 777-200 Version 3 business class, 38 seats. The forward section contains one extra row, however, and the second section just has two rows instead of three.

Best Seats

There are three toilets in business class, one at the front and two at the second set of main aircraft doors, between the two cabins. You can avoid some of the foot traffic by choosing a seat in the rear cabin.

Seats 11 D/F as well as 12 A/C and 12 H/K benefit from some additional legroom, as does all of row 17, though beware the infant bassinets are also at these rows so there is a possibility of disturbance, and the IFE screens are mounted on the bulkhead wall in front of you as there is no seat in front.

We usually hedge our bets around halfway down the first business cabin (row 14 or 15) for this reason, especially on an overnight sector.

Worst Seats

Row 16: Proximity to the galley and toilets means more foot traffic and potentially more noise in this row. Although there is a full galley between row 16 and the first row in the second business class section (row 17), be aware that row 17 has two additional bassinet positions, and that some noise is therefore possible. Avoid.

Row 19: Proximity to first row of the economy class section (row 31) may mean some noise as row 31 has three bassinet positions. Avoid.

Other Tips

If travelling solo, one of the middle seats (D or F) is preferable. In the best case, no one will select the seat next to you, giving you ample extra space. In the worst case, both you and the stranger next to you have unrestricted aisle access (i.e. you won’t be stuck in the window seat having to climb over their legs in the middle of the night, or vice-versa).

As a couple it’s up to you whether you prefer the middle D/F pair for the same unrestricted aisle access for each passenger, or a window pair A/C or H/K. We tend to go for the window pair, as it provides more privacy especially for the window passenger.

Version 3: Economy Class

The economy cabin on the Version 3 aircraft is identical to the Version 2 aircraft, and so our comments and seat recommendations for that Version equally apply to this one.

Comments?

What did we miss? If you have personal experience of specific seats to favour or avoid on this aircraft, please let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll certainly try to incorporate your feedback.

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