The best seats in Business Class on Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-300ER

By John Walton, June 15 2011
The best seats in Business Class on Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-300ER

Travelling on Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-300ER in Business Class and trying to figure out which are the best seats to pick? Here's our insider guide to the best choices on the plane.

The plane

Singapore Airlines has 19 of the stretched, long-range Boeing 777-300ER planes, which can be found on flights to London, Beijing, Frankfurt, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Tokyo, and Melbourne.

There are 42 business class seats on the plane, stretching from just behind First Class in row 11 to halfway down the plane, over the wings.

The Business Class cabin

Singapore's business class offering on these planes is one of the best in the sky, with a 1-2-1 layout that means every passenger has direct access to the aisle. 

It's the same business class as on the A380 superjumbo, and is spacious and comfortable.

The seats themselves are world-class: extra-wide (35 inches wide -- compare that with Qantas' business class at 21 inches) and extra-long, with a large table suitable for spreading out work papers and a laptop. The seat converts into a fully flat bed, although your feet and head end up in a small cubby at the bottom and top of the bed, respectively.

The in-flight entertainment is also impressive, with a 15.4" screen and the excellent KrisWorld on-demand system. Each seat also has its own AC power point for laptops and other electronic devices.

There are two business class cabin areas: a mini-cabin immediately behind First Class in rows 11 and 12, which is separated by galley kitchens and lavatories from the larger main cabin area that stretches from rows 14-22. (There's no row 13.)

The best seats on the plane

Row 11: hands down the best seats, these are immediately behind the two rows of First Class, so will be quiet and secluded. Since there's no seat in front of them, they also have additional space for your legs when the seat is turned into bed mode. They're also in the two row mini-cabin, which lends an exclusive feeling and tends to be quieter. 

Row 14: only slightly less desirable than row 11, these seats have the disadvantage of being right behind the lavatories, but they do have the same extra leg space. They're also the bassinet crib positions, so you run the risk of being displaced or disturbed by an infant.

Row 12: in the front mini-cabin, these do suffer slightly from the galley kitchens immediately behind them -- and they're missing a window in seats A & K too. Rows 15-17, window seats A & K: If you're a window seat fan, pick these rows next: the wing starts at row 18, so your view will be better the further forward you are.

The worst seats on the plane

Rows 22, 21 and 20: All the way at the back of the cabin, these are most likely to be disturbed by noise from Economy immediately behind -- especially since the Economy bassinet crib positions are on the other side of a small partition wall.

12A 12K: while these window  seats are in the favourable forward cabin, they do lack an actual window. 

12D: With two lavatories behind this seat, it's one to skip if you're a light sleeper or have a sensitive nose.


John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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Many airlines skip row 13 due to a mix of superstition & tradition.

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SIA need to put the upgraded business class planes on the Perth to Singapore run asap or people will simply switch over to Cathay Pacific to head to China or on Emirates to go to Europe. Qantas has already made the mistake of down grading its business class seats and its cost them. 90% of the people who fly do not buy $99 seats or even wish to try and pay for budget ecomomy. Any flight over 4 hours is a pain and given the fact that most Overseas flights are 10 to 14 hours you need as much room as possible. Airlines who want to compete at the bottom end of the market will simply slip down to such low levels that they wont be able to bounce back.

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