Singapore Airlines Airbus A330: the best business class seats

By Chris Chamberlin , July 22 2016
Singapore Airlines Airbus A330: the best business class seats

Singapore Airlines may offer fully-flat beds and direct aisle access to every business class passenger aboard its newer aircraft, but travellers on SQ’s older Airbus A330s aren’t quite so lucky.

That’s where choosing the best available seat really becomes important – so make your next Singapore Airlines A330 business class journey more comfortable and enjoyable by selecting one of the primo seats below.

Singapore Airlines' A330s: best business class seats

SQ keeps things simple by adopting the same business class layout on all of its A330 aircraft with five rows of business class seats in total, each configured in a 2-2-2 arrangement and with angled-flat beds as opposed to fully-flat sleepers:

Seats in the left-most pair are labelled ‘A’ and ‘C’, those in the centre are ‘D’ and ‘F’ and on the right you’ll find ‘H’ and ‘K’.

Our top pics for solo flyers are as follows – and if you're travelling as a couple, the seats are all in pairs, so take your pick.

11D, 11F: Front and centre, these seats offer both passengers direct access to an aisle, a little extra legroom owing to the bulkhead…

… less disturbance with no restrooms in front and a greater feeling of space as your TV screen is further away from you than in other seats, but still easily operated using the remote control.

However, as with all seats in row 11, this is also where you’ll find the baby bassinets – and for that reason you can’t often choose these seats online, but asking at the airport check-in counters can yield results if they’re not needed for baby-toting flyers.

Any other D, F seat: Can’t get row 11? Look to the D and F seats in rows 12, 14, 15 and 16 (in that order) where you’ll again find direct aisle access with nobody stepping over you.

11A, 11K: If you’re going to be stuck in one of the side pairs, it may as well be in a seat with a window view and extra room to access the aisle. 11C and 11H are great options too but risk being bumped by the window passenger. These seats can usually be selected at check-in.

A or C, H or K? Still haven’t found an available seat? Your best choice is now determined by how you plan to spend your flight.

On overnight flights where sleep is the goal, we’d lean for the A and K seats as you won’t be woken by anybody else tripping over your feet, but on daytime services or where you plan to stay awake, direct aisle access from the C and H seats has its benefits.

Lighter sleepers: You may prefer a seat closer to the front than further back as you’ll find the lavatories and a galley behind row 16, but only a galley ahead of row 11 – and on the flights we’ve taken, the crew have always been courteous, kept the curtains closed and the chatter quiet.

Also read: Singapore Airlines Airbus A330 business class review

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

05 Nov 2014

Total posts 5

I would recommend not flying SQ A330 as sleeping is near impossible.Due to shallow  space for feet and narrow seats which do not allow one to lay on back with arms at side. Recently flew Bne Sin return ,both at night,and suffered each time.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 357

Fully agree. However, unless you live in SYD or MEL, you are stuck with this seat. No choice. 

When will SQ bring the flat bed to BNE as they promised?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2015

Total posts 111

It's easy.... Fly Qantas :)

19 Aug 2011

Total posts 23

I was in 11F travelling BNE-SIN and would not recommend it. The curtain between 11F and 11H flaps open each time the flight attendant walked past, and depending on which side they push on to come through, the curtain would bump against the feet of the passenger in 11F or 11H making it difficult to sleep. 

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 578

Point of order. Age has nothing to do with the seat choice that sq have used on the A330. It is consistent across the fleet including the reasonably new A330's SQ have which are newer than many A389's and 777's. So age means nothing  

Rather SQ have made the decision to fly A330's and some 777's on short to mid haul routes and have installed a seat that is perfectly suitable for the purpose. Sure some routes are extending the friendship a little, noting BNE being mentioned and CBR which will get 772's with a variation of this seat. But still not a bad product for mid haul flying. 

 

ps appears on Syd and Mel 777 services sometimes too. 

05 Nov 2014

Total posts 5

Would be very happy for SQ to introduce B777 on Sin-Bne route.

Flew Franfurt to Singapore last week , was very comfortable and easy to sleep on it unlike A330.

Please SQ.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 578

Frankfurt uses a long haul 777.

However SQ have a number of mid haul configured 777's with same style seat as the A330's. Only difference is it is slightly wider and has an older generation IFE. If they flew 777 to BNE you would probably get one of these.

it is what CBR will get though the -200 version) and what does see use to Syd and Mel. 


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