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Back Window Seats On The 747-400

Wed Oct 06, 1999 4:25 am

Hi all

As I keep telling you all, Im off to Australia and Singapore in 4 weeks. Sorry to keep going on.......I've had it booked since January 17th!!!

I know I have reserved a "window" seat on all my SQ flights, which SQ have confirmed, but would like to know about the rear of the 747-400, the two seats at the window.

Is there a window on this row(s)?

I downloaded seating maps from the SQ website and it does show windows, but Im scared they are not  

Any info appreciated.

Regards to all

Gary Watt
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RE: Back Window Seats On The 747-400

Wed Oct 06, 1999 4:34 am

Hehehe...kewl to be going on a long trip like that!! No wonder you're so excited, all those months of anticipation! You're pretty much sure to get a window towards the rear of the 744, so no worries there. It's the second fifth of the aircraft you might have to worry about as far as having a window seat with no window - you know, that area where a few of the windows are widely spaced. But where you're seated, there should be no worries. What is your seat #, anyway? Hope you have an awesome trip! The 744 is a great craft to fly in!
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RE: Back Window Seats On The 747-400

Wed Oct 06, 1999 4:41 am

I second that! I flew in the rear seats of a Cathay 744 from Heathrow to London (twice). I chose this - 66-67A/K - on the 744 as, being at the back, I felt I had a better chance of a free seat beside me. I was right.

There's no problem about the window seat and one thing you will notice is that the contrail from the engine seems to start around there, so you see the beginnings of it! You also get a little cabinet beside you at floor level, as this is where the fuselage tapers off, and you only have a 2-4-2 configuration.

Yes, you'll enjoy it, but I can't guarantee empty seats on SIA. Needless to say, don't spend all of your time down the back!!
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RE: It's 9.30 And I Was Tired!

Wed Oct 06, 1999 4:43 am

Alright, let's just have another go at that. Of course, I meant Hong Kong to London, not Heathrow to London. Even Cathay can't compete with the Paddington Express!
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RE: Back Window Seats On The 747-400

Wed Oct 06, 1999 4:50 am


I haven't flown on SQ's B744, but have with UA. My wife and I had the two window/aisle seats in row 59 (of 61, 59 being the first of the eight-abreast seating in the tapered rear of the fuselage) on UA's B744 N196UA from LHR to IAD in June. The UA aircraft have windows all the way to the last row. Visibility was good, though body curvature meant that my seat was several inches from the window. I had to lean over occasionally for views and photos, though I appreciated the extra shoulder room.

Enjoy your journey.
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RE: Back Window Seats On The 747-400

Wed Oct 06, 1999 7:59 am

sit up stairs and you won't be able to see anything out the window because you are seated around a foot away from it
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RE: Back Window Seats On The 747-400

Wed Oct 06, 1999 12:07 pm

I have sat in the last row on the right side of a Singapore 747-400 and it does have windows. They wouldn't give me an advance seat assignment. I could just request a window or aisle seat. When I checked in at the gate, that was the only window seat left.

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Row 72 And Behind

Wed Oct 06, 1999 2:02 pm

Row 72 on the 400 series is where the fuselage starts to thin and as such it the seating goes to

2 - 4 - 2

if you have the window seat on row 72/3 (both pretty much the same) there is a conciderable amound of room down the side between you and the window - it makes it feel less cramped (and you can keep your camera bag down there for quick access - handy if you happen to be following an aircraft that is above you and too the side (as was the case with me over Iran on the way to Amsterdam in June, and a thai 744, however i was in seat 5A and by the time i got the camera out of the over head bin the aircraft was a bit further ahead of us and wasnt brilliant position - still made for a nice couple of shots complete with huge white condensation clouds pouring out of the engines) but the problem with 72 is that you cant see much of the wing - in fact the wing tip is the only thing that you get a good view of but I feel the extra room and the fact that youll only have 1 person to 'climb' over outweighs the disadvantage.

Thats what I'd try and get but then thats my own personal preference other people may see it a different way!

Best Regards


ohhh when are you going to be in Sydney if you email me I could possibly come down and meet you show you around or I could definatley find someone who will be there to show you around - see we here believe that if we look after foreign spotters show them around, get them schedules, let them take good shots, people will be most accomodating to us when were overseas spotting!!!! what goes around comes around......'s passenger - simultaneously connecting and flying direct.
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Thanks To All!

Wed Oct 06, 1999 5:12 pm

Hi all

Thanks for all your answers.

My reservation with SQ only gives me a window seat and not the seat number. I was just wanting to be prepared.

I have heard a lot about SQ and their service, so looking forward to it very much.

I am planning to take a large notebook with me to take notes of all the details of my flight..............and you bet I will be posting my findings on here before be prepared for a LONG LONG read!!

Thanks again

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

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