Singapore Airline business class: Boeing 777-300ER vs Airbus A380

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Rach24

Member since 30 Jan 2014

Total posts 84

Hi all,


Just wondering if anyone can shed some light on their experiences with Singapore airlines in business  class? In general, but specifically the pros and cons of flying on the new config on the 777 compared to the older version on the a380.. looking for a trip to Singapore in November and want to have the best experience. 

Thanks everyone 

MattJelonek

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 08 Jun 2014

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Flying both aircrafts in 4 weeks in J, can I report back to you then? I have Bulk Head seats for all sectors as I don't want to sleep sideways with my feet in the little nook. And have gotten Book the Chef

Rach24

Member since 30 Jan 2014

Total posts 84

Thanks Matt, that would be fantastic. Yes I have read too that bulkhead seats are a must. Have  a great trip and look forward to your report

freshthoughts

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Aug 2016

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IMO, the 777 has better seats as the cabin is wider and the new seats are much better with more upper body space when reclined, the TV is also bigger and better on the 777. 

the A380 however is a better plane with less noise and better humidity.

purely on a hard product id take the 777

Rach24

Member since 30 Jan 2014

Total posts 84

Thanks freshthoughts great wrap up. 

Which seat did you think was better for just reclining without going fully flat? I've heard neither really are ideal for just relaxing? 

JTG

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 11 Jul 2014

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I have flown both aircraft in the last week and I prefer 777. Getting a bulkhead seat is more of a preference that which aircraft. If there are no bulkhead seats then the 777 is better. With both you are sleeping at an angle, but I prefer the larger screen and the layout of the compartments (for glasses, phones, and tablet) with the 777. One advantage to the A380 is that last minute change of aircraft still results in an A380 where as with the 777 you can occasionally get an older plane with reclining seats.

ExLibris76

Member since 09 Jul 2012

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Have flown both a/c types on long and medium hauls. My most recent experience was on a long haul from SIN to LHR return in February. To London in the 777 and back to Singapore on the a380; so my comparison will be quite recent for you.

The new 777 seat has more storage space and better in-seat features. Also, you get that 'new seat/new plane' smell and vibe on the 777. It definitely looks the better of the two seat types.

But - and its a VERY big 'but' - I found the 777 seat more constricting in leg space when seated. I'm just average height - only 178cm or so - and yet I could not fully stretch out my legs when seated in the 777. Whereas on the a380 I can very easily do so. Another thing: when laying down in the 777, the angle at which you have to face the TV screen is noticeably more acute than on the a380. It makes for a bit of neck strain if you choose to watch while laying down for hours and hours! I simply did not have this issue on the a380.

So overall, despite the 777 having more a advanced seat than the a380, I still prefer the a380 all round since I do not face these space/angle issues. It seems strange to fall back on the old seat type, but my strategy is to continue using the a380 on BOTH long haul and medium hauls, and the 777 ONLY on medium haul daytime flights. I have absolutely no preference for one aircraft type over another, for me its all about the seat rather than the aircraft. Hope this helps you. Regardless of the seat type, SQ in-flight service is superlative.

ajstubbs

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Mar 2016

Total posts 117

I'd go the A380 on balance. The 777 seat is a bit better but the flight experience of an A380 beats the 777 hollow and with a still excellent seat, it wins every time for me :)

Last editedby ajstubbs at May 11, 2017, 10:36 AM.

freshthoughts

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Aug 2016

Total posts 112

Thanks freshthoughts great wrap up. 
Which seat did you think was better for just reclining without going fully flat? I've heard neither really are ideal for just relaxing? 

the 777 seats can recline a a fair bit further I reckon, and they are also better to recline fully and then lounge in as there is no cut out. 
the foot rest on the 777 also comes fully up to make a flat area when reclined whilst the A380 doesn't 

Rach24

Member since 30 Jan 2014

Total posts 84

Wow, thanks everyone for all the insights that's very helpful.


I mean I'm intrigued to try the 777 but it seems both products are excellent, I may have to go one over and the other on the way home. 
I'm hoping to snag day time flights both ways to make the most of the trip..

Thanks again everyone 

adelaidegreen

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Jul 2016

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I flew the 777 to and from LHR in February with the new fit out. Book the cook was fantastic but I actually couldn't eat it all as the food kept coming. Champagne and wine list was top notch,3 great choices of red variety's. I did however find the bed a little hard. Plenty of space,even with the angled foot rest. Disappointing lack of amenities but the service,food,wine and entertainment is one of the best.

mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 345

I flew SQ A380 from DEL to SIN and the 777 from SIN to BNE recently. I loved the A380 seats more than the 777. May be because I'm biased towards the A380 and being on the upper deck means lot less noise. 

Richard W

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 12 Apr 2017

Total posts 17

They are both fantastic as long as you get the new version 777. Its like comparing winning $1million or $1.1million on a lottery. You would take the $1.1 (A380) but give me the $1million any day (777) and I will be happy.

Rach24

Member since 30 Jan 2014

Total posts 84

Thanks everyone, I am definately also partial to picking the a380 where possible for less noise, more space etc. 

love the analogy.. even when you loose your winning right? 
Which a380 config usually comes to Sydney, full business class upper deck or the one with economy also? 

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 259

I prefer the 777, more for the soft product than the hard. Not sure why, as I assume that staff is on similar ratios, but I always found the service better in the smaller cabin.

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