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The con­fig­u­ra­tion on the B777-300ER is 2-2-2 with five rows of six seats and a fi­nal sixth row of just four seats. At the seat was an amenity bag and I was quickly of­fered wa­ter, sparkling wine or or­ange juice. Staff switched ef­fort­lessly be­tween Rus­sian and English.

There is power (EU, UK or US) in the seat, and USB power next to the IFE screen. There is a stor­age area un­der the IFE screen and a footrest for ex­tend­ing the seat so it be­comes fully flat.

The menus were pre­sented pre-take off and or­ders were taken af­ter we were at cruis­ing al­ti­tude. I worked us­ing the lap­top power and in­ves­ti­gated the in­flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, which had a wide range of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing new-re­lease movies. The flight has wifi ac­cess with OnAir, but it is very ex­pen­sive at US$40 for the whole flight, but only for 150MB.

Or­ders for drinks were taken with the food or­der, and the drink ar­rived along with the starter. Be­fore that the flight at­ten­dants brought around hot tow­els.

Ap­pe­tizer was a tart­let with egg­plant caviar and duck prosci­utto fol­lowed by a cold starter of salmon with dill, beet­root jelly, radish and salad greens, served with or­ange and lemon slices. The salad was fresh veg­eta­bles with olive oil and lemon dress­ing and there was also the op­tion of a cab­bage soup with porcini mush­rooms and sour cream.

Main cour­ses were a choice of chicken thigh, pasta with toma­toes and broc­coli, served with cherry sauce; baked hal­ibut with black rice, served with bell pep­per sauce; and roasted cauliflower, with hol­landaise sauce, an­chovy and mint.

There was also a Chi­nese set menu with dishes such as Asian-style beef salad and cherry tomato; egg­plants with toma­toes, gar­lic and spicy red pep­per; soup with shrimp won­ton, chicken with sweet and sour sauce and baked pineap­ple and Jas­mine rice. It was very fill­ing and had lots of in­ter­est­ing flavours.

Af­ter eat­ing I re­clined the bed and went to sleep. As well as the pil­low, which is al­ready at the seat, there is a mat­tress cover (not a top­per, re­ally, since it has no cush­ion­ing) and a du­vet. I slept pretty well for about five hours.

This was an­other ex­cel­lent flight. If you didn’t fancy eat­ing you could eas­ily have slept right the way through this night flight (many pas­sen­gers did). The seat is not the most com­fort­able busi­ness class seat cur­rently fly­ing, but it’s more than ad­e­quate for a good night’s sleep.

Top: B777-300ER busi­ness class food ser­vice; Above: work­ingin busi­ness class

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