You want the best of both worlds, economy airfare and the maximum of legroom you can get, particularly if you’re flying a long distance. Most airlines offer various levels of seating and service on their aircraft, this is particularly true for longer flights. When booking your next flight be sure to understand the various levels of service and seating available.
A little history and a couple of definitions first. According to Fortune Magazine in the 1970’s the average seat width was 35 inches and today it is 31 inches. So while the average size of Americans has grown over the years the average size of airline seats has decreased. The other measurement which is important is what the industry refers to as pitch. Pitch translates to how much legroom you will have. Specifically, it is the distance on a point on the seat to the same point on the seat in front of it. The greater the number, the greater the comfort. It is also the measurement that airlines can adjust a bit by adding or deleting rows in their cabins.
Which leading airlines offer the best legroom in their economy class? Here are the results from our research showing which airlines flying within the U.S. with the most legroom in their economy class. Classes of service such as economy plus, or economy premium etc. offer seats in the economy cabin with more legroom for a price. Lastly, the list includes only the most recognizable airlines.
Jet Blue – 32-33 inches
Southwest – 31-32 inches
Hawaiian Airlines – 31-32
Alaska Airlines – 31 inches
American Airlines – 31 inches
United Airlines – 31 inches
Delta Airlines – 31 inches
You’ll get a little less legroom on no-frills carriers such as Allegiant 30 inches, while Spirit and Frontier offer 28 inches. Lastly, airlines are constantly updating their cabins and fleets so these numbers are subject to change.
You can make your travels more comfortable regardless of your seat by taking the following items on board with you.
The Airhook helps maximize your personal space on board by holding your phone or tablet on a closed tray table.
The Flight Flap Phone and tablet holder fits all phones and Kindle devices.
This molded sleep mask includes earplugs and carry-pouch. Mold cups won’t smudge makeup or put pressure on your eyes.
The best memory foam travel neck pillow with 360 head, neck and chin support.
TripYee Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow with Removable Cover and Drawstring Bag Included, Navy Blue
Long Shawl, soft and solid color goes with everything and can be used as a blanket on board.
Niaiwei Cashmere Scarf Blanket made of soft Pashmina, a perfect travel companion.