Given current gen 777 cabin noise levels, especially compared to A330/A340/A350/A380/787 (all of which are WAYYY quieter), I am hoping that the thinning paneling/insulation will not mean EVEN more cabin noise for this beautiful big Boeing. I love the 777, but man is it noisy for a long flight!
I'd take a 14.5" seat
on an 11-abreast whisper-quiet A350 over the noisy 777!!!
I flew on an older 772 and a new 77W recently and I really didn’t find the aircraft that loud, that is after flying an A333 and A343.
The A333 is whisper quiet up front, but when you get toward the back it is significantly louder. It surprised me how much quieter it was up front.
Yes, I do have to agree with you on that. The A330 can be whisper quiet up front, but at the back the aerodynamic and wind noise + engine note (depending on engines - there is significant difference) is give or take on a par with other types - yes, the difference can be quite shocking!
The 777 I find to be really quite loud throughout the cabin, so there's less of a marked difference between up front and the back of the ship. The aircon system/packs + aircon nozzles are really loud on the Boeing though!
The A350 for some reason is similar to the A330: whisper quiet up front, but not terribly so at the back; while the 787 is very quiet throughout.
Nothing can beat the A346 or the A380 though!
Talking of which... The other day I had a pretty bad argument while flying on a whisper quiet A346... there was a lady to my back who was talking really loudly with a friend in the row behind as if she was sitting in her own living room, to the point that I was unable to hear the film I was watching, and in the quiet cabin it was sooo annoying... Not something that would happen in a 777!
Re: the 777 -- I do love the growl of the GE90 at start up! Wow. Impressive... Not so much after 12 hours though...!!!