The Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER fleet operates in two configurations. This page details the Version 2 configuration. For Version 1 click the link below.
|Version 1||Version 2|
|8 F (2006 F)
42 J (2006 J)
228 Y (2006 Y)
|4 F (2013 F)
48 J (2013 J)
28 W (2015 W)
184 Y (2013 Y)
|This is our fleet guide for the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft. For Version 1 click the link above.|
|777-300ER Version 2 aircraft in service at 5th November 2018: 26|
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 (you’re on the right page already).
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 (you’re on the right page already).
If you’re flying premium economy you must be in a Version 2 aircraft (you’re on the right page already).
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 (you’re on the right page already).
777-300ER Version 2
The 777-300ER Version 2 is the newer layout with four classes of service, and is now fitted to all but two 777-300ER aircraft in the fleet. From 28th October 2018, this is planned to be the only 777-300ER configuration in service with SIA as the last two aircraft go in for refit work.
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 Hong Kong.
777-300ER Version 2 First Class
The 777-300ER Version 2 is fitted with a single row of the 2013 F first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration for a total of four seats.
This is a very small and private cabin right at the front of the aircraft, with only four seats occupying a single row which makes it the most exclusive cabin in the Singapore Airlines fleet.
There are no bad seats in first class in our opinion, 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 (this aircraft) 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.
Seat 1F is the furthest you can be from the single bassinet position in this cabin (which is at seat 1A, as depicted). While the presence of an infant in the First Class cabin is rare, it is a possibility.
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.
We can’t think of any bad seats in the first class cabin on the 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft.
777-300ER Version 2 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 – the relatively new 2013 J product. That’s another reason to go for this newer configuration – as Version 1 aircraft are still fitted with the older 2006 J seat.
The business class cabin on the 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft has an almost identical layout to the Version 1 aircraft, 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 point is the bassinet position, which is at the first row of the second section (row 15). That 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.
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 rows are missing a window at the A & K seats .
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 more recent 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 newer 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 Premium Economy Class
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 with 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.
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.
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.
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 Version 2 Economy Class
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.
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.
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 noise. Avoid, 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 noise. Avoid, 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.
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.