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

By Rach24 | May 10, 2017, 09:26 PM
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 
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By MattJelonek | May 11, 2017, 01:25 AM
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
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By Rach24 | May 11, 2017, 06:36 AM
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
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By freshthoughts | May 11, 2017, 08:00 AM
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
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By Rach24 | May 11, 2017, 10:01 AM
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? 
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By JTG | May 11, 2017, 10:16 AM
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.
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By ExLibris76 | May 11, 2017, 10:32 AM
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.
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By ajstubbs | May 11, 2017, 10:36 AM
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 :)
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By freshthoughts | May 11, 2017, 11:59 AM
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 
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By Rach24 | May 11, 2017, 02:14 PM
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 
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By adelaidegreen | May 11, 2017, 08:51 PM
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.
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By mspcooper | May 12, 2017, 12:40 PM
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. 
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By Richard W | May 12, 2017, 04:10 PM
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.
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By Rach24 | May 12, 2017, 04:16 PM
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? 
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By Steve987 | May 12, 2017, 07:37 PM
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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By elchriss0 | May 13, 2017, 08:48 AM
I've got 4 J flights coming up, 2 in row 11 of 77Ws (first bulkhead) , row 14 A333 and row 11 A359 (front row bulkhead).  I've tried the A380 upper deck with a bulkhead and found that fine, minus the issues with seat storage.  I've decided to sacrifice a bit of space with the first row of the A359 if it means getting the bulkhead away from the galley.  Like it was mentioned above, always go for bulkhead and even consider flying on a different day if bulkheads are not available on your original flight search.
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