The Boeing 777-300ER is probably my favourite plane for long haul journey even when comparing it to the A380. The reason is that on the A380 flights I have been, they are subject to delays due to the sheer number of passengers during boarding. Furthermore the world’s premier airlines operate the 777-300ER on many routes to some of my favourite cities. Cathay Pacific operates them between Hong Kong, Vancouver, London, and New York. All Nippon Airways operate them between Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York, in addition to their European destinations. Even American Airlines recently launched the new 777-300ER servicing New York, Dallas Fort-Worth and London. The ‘ER’ at the end signifies extended range and has changed the way airlines route their flights in addition to being more fuel efficient as they fly with 2 engines compared to 4 on the 747, A380, and the A340. Which is probably why I am excited when Garuda Indonesia is due to introduce the 777-300ER in their fleet this year and they have a video showing their cabin configuration with the return of First Class in the same format like Etihad (a recent partner of Garuda) and Asiana in a 1-2-1 suites configuration. Business class (or Executive class) will be in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration like the ‘Quadra Smartium’ on Asiana Airlines. While Economy class looks to be in a 3-3-3 configuration which hopefully places it similar to Cathay Pacific’s comfortable seating on Economy for long-haul flights.
For more about Garuda’s new 777-300ER, take a look at the video posted on Youtube below: