VA29 777-300ER Syd-Abu in Business, Row 1 or 5??

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  1. kaz

    kaz Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Looking to travel in business on VA29 on 777-300ER Syd - Abu and I looked on seatguru to ascertain the 'best' seats.

    It appears Row 1A/C gets the best rating due to a bulkhead seat and more private (as per Seatguru's site)

    However Row 5 has also caught my eye.
    Can anybody that has flown on the 777-300ER in business advise on their rating on Row 5. ?
    Row 5 appears to be separate from the rest of the Business seats in the business cabin with a curtain in front of it and it's also an exit row seat.

    The one downside of row 5 that I can see is that from looking at seatguru map is that the toilets and bar for the Premium Economy passengers to utilise appear to be situated right behind the Row 5 business seats without any barrier to separate them . Is this correct ?

    Currently all business class seats are available (from doing a dummy booking for seat availability) so I'm open to comments on Row 1A/C or Row 5.
    I'm travelling solo if that makes a difference to seat selection.

    thanks heaps

  2. IainF

    IainF Member

    May 2, 2007
    #2 IainF, May 22, 2014
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    I fly VA J to lax every 6 months or so and have only ever sat in row 5.
    i prefer it due to its privacy, quietness & space. Having the curtain pulled over makes for a great sleep.
    The caveats are if you are travelling by yourself, you may be seated next to someone you don't know and that can be a little awkward, and the proximity to the bar. To be fair, I have never had any noise issue from the bar though.

    If you are a VA plat and by yourself, try and choose j/k and get the spare seat blocked.

    Also to add, you wont be bothered by the PE bar/pax at all.
    There is a bulkhead & curtain separating you from them.
  3. davestan

    davestan Intern

    May 29, 2011
    I always choose 1A. Much better sense of privacy.
  4. Boris spatsky

    Boris spatsky Established Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    Plus one for row 5. Great privacy.
  5. Cruiser Elite

    Cruiser Elite Enthusiast

    Oct 31, 2010
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    I was seated in row 5 once but felt a bit clostro - so shifted up to row 3 - was much better IMHO - I also sat in 1C once with 1A vacant - that was great and I usually avoid bulkhead seats like the plague but VA J config has you sitting way back so it was fine.
  6. Deewhy

    Deewhy Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
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  7. kaz

    kaz Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Thanks all for the input. If I chose 1A I have read I have to climb over pax 1C legs to get out when their seat is in flatbed mode.

    In thinking about that, would I still have to climb over the legs of pax next to me if I chose 2A and they/2C were in flatbed mode ? Not sure if the space available when in flat mode is a bit less in row 1 with the bulkhead being there
  8. djchuckles

    djchuckles Active Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Sunshine Coast
    I've flown in 5A a couple of times. The last time, nobody was in 5B which was awesome :)
  9. djchuckles

    djchuckles Active Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Sunshine Coast
    Pretty much the same in 5 - not much space past the end of the flat bed....
  10. kaz

    kaz Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Is that the same for all the rows ? EG does row 2 have more space past end of flat bed when compared to row 1 ?

    Now tossing up between row 1 and 2.
  11. erkpod

    erkpod Established Member

    Jun 8, 2013
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    I'll be in 5K next month SYD - AUH - SYD.
  12. Major

    Major Established Member

    Jan 21, 2011
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    My wife and I just love Row 5 BNE-LAX. The curtain gives you a great feeling of privacy and we never noticed any issues with PE next door.
    It's only a couple of steps from the bar to bed
  13. djchuckles

    djchuckles Active Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Sunshine Coast
    I think if i'm travelling with someone else i'd take row 5 - travelling alone with a stranger next to me in 5B felt a little weird in our own little private section ;)
  14. Ben6

    Ben6 Member

    May 12, 2014
    Similar opinion to others. I've flown in row 1 before which is outstanding but given the 2-3-2 layout, there is no seat choice as a solo flyer that will guarantee that you won't be climbing over (or be climbed over) for access to the isle. My wife and I are flying over to LAX together but separately back and I booked row 5 for us together and 1 for the separate legs. Also worthy of consideration is that there is a 'ladies only' toilet on the right hand front of business (in front of 1H,K), so that is either helpful or painful depending on your sex. Row 5 also has the only 2 bassinet seats and you will get bumped from these if a baby is in business, or heaven forbid, be sitting next to a parent/baby combo if travelling alone.

    In summary, I would take row 5 over 1 if travelling with a partner, but row 1 for solo and choose my seat based on which toilet I wanted access to!
  15. Kolo

    Kolo Member

    Feb 14, 2012
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    When flying alone I chose the aisle seat in the middle section and hoped to get a couple next to me, which I did, so had no leg hopping to worry about either way. On a DL ticket I didn't get an option to choose row 5.

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