One way or another leg room topic always pops up when traveling by plane. It seems there is never enough and sitting anywhere but the aisle seat often requires your best skills as a contortionist to get comfortable. As we had plenty of comfortable and uncomfortable flights, we thought to take a look at which airlines provide the most leg room.
We had a look at 10 long haul carriers and 10 low cost carriers and compared the amount of space between seat rows on board their airplanes.
Which airline offers the most comfortable experience?
- The most leg room is offered by Air Franceand its low cost carrier HOP!
- The Spanish low cost Iberia Express offers the least leg room
- Long haul airlines have an average distance of 80 cm between seats, whilst on short-haul flights the a average distance is 77 cm
Looking to get Comfortable?
Airlines operating planes on short-haul routes tend to reduce space between seats in order to maximize the number of seats in the plane, and therefore to reduce ticket prices. The average seat size overall is 44.5 cm. Qatar Airways operated Boeing 777-300 ER planes offer the largest seat size, with 47 cm in economy.
Tips to get as much leg room as you can:
If you’re looking to stretch your legs the Aisle seats are your one of your best and most affordable choice. However, aisle seats have their drawbacks as well, for example there’s always the risk of accidentally tripping up a flight attendant or fellow passenger if you don’t pay attention and stretch to far – or you’ll always need to stand up to give way for fellow passengers sitting by your side.
Emergency exit seats offer the most leg room (between 94 – 104 cm). In general, when traveling with low cost airlines travelers will need to pay extra to reserve seats of their choice – including these ones. Children and senior passengers are usually are advised not to sit on emergency exit seats, it’s worth keeping in mind that in case of emergency, whoevers sitting in this seat will suddenly find themselves with a little more responsibility…
Seats in the front and at the back of the plane are also often more generous with leg room. However, they are also located next to the toilets and you may need to wait a while before disembarking the plane upon landing.