Which carrier comes out on top when it comes to the width of economy seats?

Friday 14, February 2014


Which carrier comes out on top when it comes to the width of economy seats?


Does size matter? Surveys suggest that when it comes to the question of economy-class passenger comfort, seat width is every bit as important as legroom.


Aboard the major airlines that operate long-haul services out of Sydney and Melbourne as well as most that operate out of New Zealand cities, seat width lies in the range between 43-48.25cm.

That 5.25cm difference is less than the width of an iPhone.


Not much you might think, but a couple of extra centimetres makes a lot of difference on a long-haul flight.

Consider that Emirates, an airline known for quality, offers its business class passengers a seat that is just 1.25cm wider than its economy seat aboard its A380 services.

Widest economy-class seats of all are Singapore Airlines, which offers a standard 48.25cm aboard all the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 and A330-300 that it operates in and out of Sydney and Melbourne.

Virgin's economy class seats are a generous 47cm aboard its long-haul flights, those operating between Melbourne/Sydney and Los Angeles or Abu Dhabi, but only up to 43cm in the case of short-haul flights, which is all the rest.

Etihad's seats are 44.5cm wide aboard the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-600 that it operates on its Melbourne/Sydney route.

Emirates' economy seats are 45.5cm wide on its A380 flights, 43cm on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that it uses for shorter services in and out of Australia.

Qantas offers a standard economy width of 44.5cm right across its range of A380-800 aircraft and the various configurations of the 747-400 that it operates.
The exception is the airline's A330-300 services to Hong Kong and Shanghai, where the width shrinks to 43cm.



Bookmark and Share


^ back to top


Find the best deals available today

The grey menu on the right is your best friend. Always check before you travel.

Plan your trips with the help of great resources

More and more travellers think that researching and planning a European city break is half the fun and they're not interested in pre-arranged trips or escorted tours. Self-guided tours offer a lot of advantages but require some guidance and good resources.


Clean, green and very pristine

Top 10 most environmentally pure countries

With the recent wild fires, disrupting flights and increasing air pollution, environmental quality is a growing factor in attracting tourists.



Top 15 most spectacular hotel rooftop views

The hotel price comparison site has put together a list of the fifteen most spectacular hotel rooftop terraces in the world.

Latest offers, discounts and more...

Accor “3=2 offer”
Why not extend your stay? 3 nights for the price of 2.
Columbus Direct travel insurance
Quality cover at low prices to customers all around the world.
Priority pass
Access VIP lounges no matter where which airline and class you fly.
European City Cards
See more and pay less! Get your "passport" to European cities.
Rail Europe
Comfortable and affordable on European trains.
Lonely Planet Magazine
Packed with insider knowledge, hints and tips.
Sandemans New Europe City Tours
Free walking tours in 13 cities within 9 countries.
Sol Melia Wednesdays
Search your exclusive special offers now for the coming weekend!
Low-cost shuttle and private transfers in over 70 countries.
IMEX Frankfurt 25-27 May
The essential worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.
Subscribe to Travelio News Summary via RSS Follow our news titles on Twitter Become a fan of on Facebook Bookmark and Share