SIA Fleet: Boeing 777-300ER

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The SIA 777-300ER fleet currently operates in two configurations:

  • Version 1 is the older layout, three-class aircraft. There are eight first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 42 business class seats also in a 1-2-1 configuration, and an economy class cabin totalling 228 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. This version is only fitted to three aircraft as of 2 January 2018 – 9V-SWI, SWS and SWT.
  • Version 2 is the newer layout with four classes of service, and is now fitted to the vast majority of 777-300ER aircraft in the fleet. It has four first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 48 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 28 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, and an economy class cabin totalling 184 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

The 777-300ER operates predominantly medium and long-haul flights from Singapore – to destinations in Europe, the USA and Australia, as well as selected routes to New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India, China and two daily flights to Hong Kong.

How can I tell which Version I am flying on?

If you’re flying first and the seat map shows two rows of seats (row 1 and row 2), you’re in Version 1. If the seat map shows just one single row (row 1), it’s Version 2.

If you’re flying business and the seat map goes back to row 22, you’re in Version 1. If the seat map goes back to row 23, it’s Version 2.

If you’re flying premium economy you must be in a Version 2 aircraft.

If you’re flying economy and the seat map goes back to row 56, you’re in Version 1. If the seat map goes back to row 62, it’s Version 2.

777-300ER First Class

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First Class seats on the 777-300ER (Version 2 pictured) feature a semi-enclosed suite with direct aisle access.
(Photo: Singapore Airlines)

The 777-300ER is fitted with either two rows of the 2006 F first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration for a total of eight seats (Version 1), or a single row of the 2013 F first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration for a total of four seats (Version 2).

This is a very small and private cabin right at the front of the aircraft, especially in the Version 2 configuration with only four seats occupying a single row, making it the most exclusive cabin in the Singapore Airlines fleet.

Best Seats

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777-300ER (Version 1) First Class Seat Map
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777-300ER (Version 2) First Class Seat Map

There are no bad seats in first class in our opinion, on either the Version 1 or Version 2 aircraft, so separating the best from the worst is certainly nitpicking. For solo travellers, the window seats (A or F) are an obvious choice if available.

Where possible, try to go for the Version 2 configuration as it has two advantages, firstly a smaller more intimate cabin of just four seats in total, and secondly it has the latest 2013 F seats installed (as pictured above) featuring extended curved privacy partitions, whereas the Version 1 aircraft still has the 2006 F seats.

Seats 1F and 2F (just 1F in Version 2 aircraft) are the furthest you can be from the single bassinet position in this cabin (which is at 2A on Version 1 aircraft and 1A on Version 2 aircraft, as depicted). While the presence of an infant in the First Class cabin is rare, it is a possibility.

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The privacy divider between C/D seats in First Class (shown retracted) provides ample isolation when travelling solo.
(Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Couples will probably appreciate the slightly more sociable arrangement of the C/D pairs in the middle, with only one of these pairs available on the Version 2 aircraft. Should you only have a C/D seat to choose from as a solo traveller however, don’t fear, as there is a sizeable privacy divider which isolates you from your neighbour.

Worst Seats

As mentioned above, it’s very much nitpicking, but on the Version 1 aircraft, row 2 seats, the furthest to the back of this cabin, will have the greatest potential galley noise. We can’t think of any bad seats in the Version 2 aircraft.

777-300ER Business Class

Business class on the 777-300ER occupies the rear of the forward cabin section, just ahead of the second main aircraft door, and the entire second section between the second and third main doors. It is equipped  in a 1-2-1 configuration flat bed seat, either the 2006 J product (Version 1), or the newer 2013 J product (Version 2).

777-300ER (Version 1): Best Seats

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777-300ER (Version 1) Business Class Seat Map

Business class on the 777-300ER (Version 1) is split across two sections, the smaller and very intimate forward section with just two rows (rows 11 and 12), and a larger cabin between the second and third main cabin doors with nine window seat rows and eight middle pair rows (rows 14 to 22).

While some people appreciate the feeling of space in the larger second cabin, personally we prefer the smaller forward cabin, which is quieter and has less foot traffic as service is conducted from the galley behind row 12.

The forward section also benefits from no bassinet positions, ensuring a peaceful experience for those lucky enough to secure a seat here. Row 11 is probably the most private row on the aircraft, particularly the window seats 11A and 11K.

The alternative bulkhead seats are at row 14, which doesn’t feel as exclusive as the front of the smaller forward cabin, and has the drawback of being the only bassinet position in the business class section on this aircraft. Both row 11 and row 14 have more space, especially for your feet as the “cubby hole” style footwell found in other seat rows is gone – replaced by a spacious full-width bench which also makes the bed bigger once the seat is converted. In these seats there is no need to extend your legs at an angle while sleeping.

777-300ER (Version 1): Worst Seats

Seats 12A & 12K: Despite being in the quieter forward section, this row is missing a window which some find a big drawback. If it doesn’t bother you, these are still good seats.

Row 18 & Row 20: The A & K seats at these rows are missing a window.

Row 22: The very last row of business class in the Version 1 configuration, row 22 is directly in front of first row of the economy class section, which also has a bassinet position, so some noise is possible if there are infants in that row.

Other Tips

If travelling solo, one of the window seats (A or K) is preferable, giving you the highest level of privacy.

As a couple it’s up to you whether you prefer two A or K seats one in front of the other, or the slightly more sociable (but still sufficiently private) D/F middle pair. We tend to go for the middle pair, as it’s easy to talk and provides the best food envy at meal times.

Remember that Version 1 of the 777-300ER have not been retrofitted with the latest 2013 J business class seats, and many of the 2006 J seats fitted to this aircraft are really starting to show their age.

Our personal preference is the 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft, as these have the latest business seat which is much better. However we still recommend the 777-300ER Version 1 business ahead of the A350, as the new A350 business seat is simply smaller.

777-300ER (Version 2): Best Seats

777-300ER (Version 2) Business Class Seat Map

The business class cabin on the 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft has an almost identical layout to the Version 1 aircraft above, except that the smaller forward cabin has an extra row making it three rows in total. In the second cabin, there is also an extra middle pair of seats. This gives the aircraft six more business class seats in total.

Remember that this aircraft has the newer 2013 J seats which are much nicer than the old 2006 J product fitted to the Version 1 planes, so try to book this configuration where possible.

The important points remain the same as for Version 1 aircraft – the bassinet position is still at the first row of the second section (now row 15), which keeps the smaller forward cabin quiet, and there is more opportunity to secure a seat up front with the additional row. This is our go-to section when booking business on these aircraft wherever possible.

In summary, the best seats for Version 2 are the same ones as Version 1, but with some row numbering differences. Row 11 and row 15 are now the bulkhead rows.

777-300ER (Version 2): Worst Seats

The negatives for the Version 2 aircraft are similar to those for Version 1, we would avoid Row 23 due to proximity of the premium economy cabin, with the bassinet position in that cabin section located right behind you.

Row 14 is a mixed bag, it’s in the nicer forward section but does suffer a little from galley and toilet disturbance. We wouldn’t necessarily avoid it completely, but if there is a seat in row 11 or 12 available it would be better.

Row 19 & Row 21: These are now the rows where the A & K seats are missing a window.

777-300ER Premium Economy Class (Version 2 aircraft only)

Premium Economy is in a 2-4-2 configuration on the 777-300ER
(Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Premium Economy is located after the business class cabin, directly behind the third main set of aircraft doors. It is only available on 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft, the Version 1 aircraft is fitted out for only three classes in total.

There are four rows (three rows at the windows) with a 2-4-2 configuration, for a total of 28 seats.

Seat width is 19.5 inches and seat pitch is 38 inches, the same as on the A380, but wider than the A350 which has a narrower fuselage, so choose this aircraft or the A380 if you want the best premium economy seat. One benefit of the A380 over the 777-300ER at the window seat is some extra space between the window seats and the cabin wall, due to the fuselage curvature.

Best Seats

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777-300ER Premium Economy Class Seat Map

The first row in the cabin, Row 31, has additional legroom, but be aware of a few drawbacks – firstly it’s the bassinet row (though there’s probably no escaping the sound of a screaming baby in this small cabin), secondly the IFE screens are mounted on the bulkhead wall in front of you, not housed in the armrest as with other seats in this cabin. Thirdly the A and K seats are missing a window.

Worst Seats

Seats 31A & 31K are missing a window.

Row 33 (row 34 in the middle D/E/F/G seats) may suffer increased noise from the first row of the economy class cabin directly behind, which is also a bassinet position. It may be better to choose a seat further forward.

Other Tips

Solo travellers will probably want to opt for one of the aisle seats (C, D, G 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 perfect sense.

There are no dedicated toilets in the premium economy section, and you aren’t allowed forward into the business cabin to use their toilets, so that means heading back through an economy section of seven rows, to use the main bank of economy toilets at the fourth main set of aircraft doors.

777-300ER Economy Class (Version 1)

The Economy Class cabin on the 777-300ER Version 1 is split across the rear two cabins, each approximately equal in size, the first between the third and fourth main aircraft doors, and the second  between the fourth and fifth (rearmost) main aircraft doors.

Two toilets are located at the galley area around the fourth main door, separating the two economy seating sections, with four more toilets at the rear galley area.

Best Seats

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777-300ER (Version 1) Economy Class Seat Map

Extra legroom seats can be found at row 31 and row 44 on this aircraft, but beware the bassinet positions across two of the seats in each of these positions. Also, the window seats in each of these rows (31A, 31K, 44A & 44K) are missing a window, so may not be the best choice.

There are three ‘couple pairs’ in this aircraft, seats 43A&C, and right at the back seats 56A&C, and 56H&K. These are well worth considering if you are travelling as a pair.

It’s easy to avoid proximity to the toilets by choosing a seat towards the front of the first economy cabin (we would suggest rows 31 to 36), or the middle of the main cabin, around rows 48 to 51.

The forward section of the first economy cabin would be our preference, as the service is from a galley behind this section and additionally toilets are all to the rear. This should reduce foot traffic and noise.

Worst Seats

Row 42/43: The last row of the forward economy class cabin is right in front of the main bank of the mid galley and two of the toilets, so it’s susceptible to increased foot traffic, queuing and noiseAvoid.

Seats 31 A/K and 44 A/K: These seats are missing a window, but do have extra legroom. Seats 44 A/K are also close to a main galley and toilet area on the aircraft. Avoid.

Row 56: The last row of the rear economy class cabin is right in front of a large toilet and galley area, so it’s susceptible to increased foot traffic and noiseAvoid, unless you value the pair seating as a couple (see above).

777-300ER Economy Class (Version 2)

The 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft have a slightly different layout than the Version 1 aircraft. As the economy section is smaller and starts further back, there is a small forward section of up to eight rows in a 3-3-3 configuration, with a single 2-3-2 row at the back, and a larger rear section with up to 14 rows in a 3-3-3 configuration, also with some 2-3-2 options at the back.

Three toilets are located at the galley area around the fourth main door, separating the two economy seating sections, with three more toilets at the rear galley area.

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777-300ER (Version 2) Economy Class Seat Map

Best Seats

Extra legroom seats can be found at row 41 and row 49 on this aircraft, but beware the bassinet positions across two of the seats in each of these locations. Also, the window seats in rows 49 (49A & 49K) are missing a window, so may not be the best choice.

There are five ‘couple pairs’ in this aircraft. At row 48 seats 48A&C and 48 H&K, and right at the back seats 61A&C, 61H&K and 62H&K. These are well worth considering if you are travelling as a pair, though they do come with their drawbacks (see below).

The forward section of the smaller economy cabin would be our preference, as the service is from a galley behind this section and additionally toilets are all to the rear. This should reduce foot traffic and noise, though bear in mind premium economy passengers will be passing through this section to use the toilets at the fourth main door.

Worst Seats

Row 47/48: The last row of the forward economy class cabin is right in front of the mid galley and three of the toilets, so it’s susceptible to increased foot traffic, queuing and noiseAvoid, unless you value the pair seating in row 48 as a couple (see above).

Seats 49 A/K: These seats are missing a window, but do have extra legroom. They are also close to a main galley and toilet area on the aircraft. Avoid.

Seats 61 A/C/D/E/G & 62 H/K: The last row of the rear economy class cabin is right in front of a large toilet and galley area, so it’s susceptible to increased foot traffic and noiseAvoid, unless you value the A/C or H/K pair seating as a couple, in which case 61 H/K are the ones to go for as there is still another row behind them.

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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